Lonely Planet Writer

Colorado’s mountain peaks under threat from hikers

Mount Bierstadt.
Mount Bierstadt. Image by Greg Younger / CC BY-SA 2.0

A report due this week from a Colorado nonprofit organization will highlight human-induced damage to Colorado’s 14ers – mountains over 14,000 feet. According to the report, over-hiking and hikers failing to stay on the trail are leading to damage to Colorado’s highest peaks. The report highlights peaks like Mount Bierstadt, just 1.5 hrs from Denver, which suffers from hiker-induced erosion. Some of Bierstadt’s trails have widened to 30 inches as a result of large hiking groups, destroying nearby vegetation and geology. The report says hikers should stay on marked trails and keep pets on a leash. The nonprofit says it will cost $24 million to repair the state’s damaged mountain trails. Read more: 9news.com