Colorado Fourteeners

Trail Maintenance Priority Area #11

 

TRAIL MILES

220

FORESTS INVOLVED

  • Grand Mesa, Uncompahgre & Gunnison National Forests, Colorado
  • Rio Grande National Forest, Colorado
  • Arapaho and Roosevelt National Forests, Colorado
  • Pike and San Isabel National Forests, Colorado
  • San Juan National Forest, Colorado
  • White River National Forest, Colorado
Trail crew peforming trail maintenance on steep, high elevation trail.
Photo Eli Allen, CFI Crew Leader Mount Columbia.

Find Your Fourteener! Colorado’s fifty-four 14,000-foot peaks—commonly known as the “Fourteeners”—include peaks easily accessed by urban visitors, as well as, remote backcountry peaks that provide a wilderness experience. More than 311,000 visitor-use days occur on these peaks yearly. Hikers seek out expansive vistas, solitude, or merely opportunities to get outside and have meaningful connections with the outdoors on 220 miles of trails on the Grand Mesa, Uncompahgre & Gunnison, Rio Grande, Arapaho and Roosevelt, Pike and San Isabel, San Juan, and White River National Forests.

Lately, increased use has impacted trails and fragile high-alpine ecosystems. The impacts outpace the forest service and partners’ abilities to maintain access to these peaks. An estimated $24 million or more investment is needed to maintain, improve, and create sustainable routes to these important peaks.

Through the National Forest Foundation’s “Find Your Fourteener” campaign, Colorado’s outdoor stewardship organizations have joined forces to increase the pace and scale of trail improvements and ecological restoration on the Fourteeners. Investment in this campaign is developing partnerships, increasing and leveraging funding, increasing the number and capacity of volunteers, and increasing the pace and scale of on-the-ground trail improvement projects.

Download a map of the trail maintenance priority area (PDF)

Example Trail Maintenance Needs

  • Remove hazard trees and logs over the trail
  • Remove overgrown brush
  • Repair, replace, and install retaining structures
  • Repair, replace, and install drainage structures
  • Conduct general trail maintenance
  • Complete trail reconstruction and reroutes
  • Restore visitor created routes
  • Restore degraded trail-side campsites
  • Stabilize soil and promote vegetation growth
  • Restore and replace trail markers at trailheads and trail junctions
  • Conduct user-ethics public outreach
  • Inventory trail maintenance and repair needs
Trail crew carrying a log up a trail.

Our Partners

Partners supporting this priority area include:

  • Aspen Skiing Environmental Foundation
  • Colorado Fourteeners Initiative
  • Colorado Corporations
  • Colorado Correctional Industries
  • Colorado Counties and Cities
  • Colorado Mountain Club
  • Colorado Outfitters and Guides
  • Colorado State Trails Program
  • Elliott Environmental Consultants
  • Friends of the Dillon Ranger District
  • Friends of the Peak
  • Gates Family Foundation
  • Get Outdoors Leadville!
  • Greater Arkansas River Nature Association
  • Highpointers Foundation
  • Mile High Youth Corps
  • National Forest Foundation
  • Patagonia
  • Recreation Equipment, Inc. (REI)
  • Rocky Mountain Field Institute
  • Rocky Mountain Youth Corps
  • Southern Rockies Seed Network
  • Southwest Airlines
  • Southwest Conservation Corps
  • The Summit Foundation
  • Vail Resorts
  • Volunteers for Outdoor Colorado
  • Wildland Restoration Volunteer
  • Wilderness Stewardship Alliance

Learn More & Get Involved!

To know more about trail maintenance efforts in this priority area, contact:

Loretta McEllhiney, Colorado Fourteeners Program Manager
Email: loretta.mcellhiney@usda.gov
Phone: (719) 486-7444

https://www.fs.usda.gov/managing-land/trails/priority-areas/colorado-fourteeners