Leave No Trace returns to Mount Bierstadt for weekend of training June 14-17

IDAHO SPRINGS, Colo (June 11, 2018) –The Leave No Trace Center for Outdoor Ethics has named Mount Bierstadt as a 2018 Hot Spot “Re-visit” location. The Hot Spot Program identifies areas around the country facing heavy recreational use, and offers solutions and preventative measures to reduce impacts and protect these areas for generations to come.

Mt. Bierstadt was first selected to be a Hot Spot in 2015. During Leave No Trace’s time on site, the team worked closely with the U.S. Forest Service and the Colorado Fourteeners Initiative to reach 500 people with Leave No Trace education.

From June 14-17, the Subaru/Leave No Trace Traveling Trainers team are partnering with the Arapaho National Forest and Pike National Forest to host free community events and educational activities to help educate the community on Leave No Trace practices including how to minimize impacts while traveling in the alpine environment and hiking 14ers.

Look for them at the Mount Bierstadt trailhead Thursday afternoon, Friday, Saturday, and Sunday morning. More information about the HotSpot program can be found at www.lnt.org.

About Mount Bierstadt

Mount Bierstadt, located in the Mount Evans Wilderness, is one of the most popular and easiest to climb of Colorado’s famous 14,000-foot mountains. Located less than 90 minutes from Denver, Mount Bierstadt is accessed from Guanella Pass Scenic Byway, which connects Clear Creek Ranger District on the Arapaho National Forest with South Platte Ranger District on the Pike National Forest.

Leave No Trace Tips

High use levels are causing the trail to grow ever wider, destroying fragile tundra plants and soils that can take hundreds of years to recover. Leave No Trace suggest the following:

  • Recognize that trails widen or form parallel paths when people walk on the edges, detour around obstacles, or walk side by side.
  • Keep trails narrow and prevent these impacts by wearing appropriate footwear so you can walk single file in the center of trails — even where it’s rocky or somewhat muddy.
  • Stay on the trail or a durable surface when passing others, or if others are passing you and avoid taking shortcuts, especially on switchbacks, as these can quickly erode into gullies requiring costly restoration.