The Colorado 14er Initiative has spread 23 different infrared monitors across Colorado trails, dating back to 2015, to keep track of just how many people are trying to bag the legendary Colorado hikes. Executive Director Lloyd Athearn said it’s in the best interest of everyone to know just how many sets of boots are stomping along the path at a given day.
“We’ve seen use, generally speaking, go up substantially pretty much in the 5% to 7% a year over time,” Athearn said.
While continued growth is his expectation, 2021 proved extenuating circumstances can still deter the average hiking population. In a release, the organization describes trail closures along Mount Democrat, Cameron, and Lincoln halting progress along some of the easiest mountains to get to (for the major…
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