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UPDATESWhat we've been doing

  • The Tail End  – September 15, 2014

    It’s the time of the year, the end of the field season.  There is a light at the end of the tunnel, an end to … Read More >>

  • Something That Doesn’t Belong  – September 8, 2014

    I was hiking an alpine trail, surrounded by lush grass with wildflowers the color of the rainbow. Suddenly, I catch a glimpse of one of … Read More >>

  • Building and Bonding  – September 5, 2014

    As a member of the Adopt-a-Peak crew this summer, my co-leader Dylan and I roam from Fourteener to Fourteener, and from volunteer crew to volunteer … Read More >>

  • All Quiet on the Holy Cross Summit  – August 25, 2014

    The question of Wilderness has been plaguing my brain this past season.  I’ve worked trails in multiple states throughout the last three years and I … Read More >>


Fourteener summit trails are built of available rocks, logs and soils found in high alpine environments. Heavy winter snows, violent summer thunderstorms, and the impacts of an estimated half-million hikers annually take a heavy toll on even the most sturdily constructed summit trails. To keep these summit trails in great shape, Colorado Fourteeners Initiative enlists volunteer stewardship organizations, local businesses, youth summer camps, college programs, and other groups of organized volunteers to perform routine trail maintenance through the Adopt-a-Peak program. This active stewardship work protects trail structures, controls erosion, and restores denuded areas. Since 2001, more than 9,200 volunteer days have been performed.

CFI has been working since 2011 to develop a GIS-based trail conditions modeling program that will assess the severity of natural resource problems and track the conditions over time on constructed and user-created summit trails. The Sustainable Trails Program is helping CFI prioritize future maintenance projects and will ensure that limited funding and volunteer efforts are focused on the highest priority projects to build out and maintain the network of summit trails on the 14ers. To date 43 summit or approach trails have been inventoried. Click here to watch a Google Earth video flyover showing the condition of the Capitol Peak trail. In 2014 CFI will begin tracking visitor use to correlate on-the-ground impacts with the amount of hiker use.