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Donations from individual Fourteener enthusiasts play a critical role in CFI’s field successes. Gifts match restricted grants, while funding expenses many foundations and corporations will not cover, such as feeding field crews and transporting crews and supplies to remote trailheads.

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UPDATESWhat we've been doing

  • Seasons of Wonder  – September 30, 2014

    Not everyone has a chance to experience the wilderness as I have this season. I have had the opportunity and absolute privilege to see the … Read More >>

  • A Return to the Primitive  – September 22, 2014

    In the Wilderness Act of 1964, which we can thank for areas like the Holy Cross Wilderness, part of the definition of wilderness contains the … Read More >>

  • From Sea Level to Summit  – September 19, 2014

    I drove from Atlanta to Colorado in early August knowing little about what the next two months doing trail maintenance may entail.  Soon enough I … Read More >>

  • 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 >>

Maintain

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.