Colorado’s 14ers keep getting busier, report shows

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This July 17, 2016, photo shows Longs Peak towering over alpine tundra in Rocky Mountain National Park, Colo. (AP Photo/Dan Elliott)

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (AP) — A report by the Colorado Fourteeners Initiative says the state’s 54 highest summits continue to see an increasing number of people seeking to climb the fourteeners.

The Gazette reports that an analysis by the nonprofit initiative estimates 353,000 people were attracted to the peaks during 2018’s hiking season, up 5.7% from the 2017 count. That’s almost 100,000 more than the first report from four years ago.

Colorado Fourteeners executive director Lloyd Athearn says the heightened numbers come with his organization increasing its monitoring capabilities on the mountains.

According to the report, Mounts Bierstadt, Elbert, Lincoln, Bross, Democrat and Sherman as well as Quandary, Grays, Torreys and Longs peaks all see more people.

And for the first time, Quandary Peak was the busiest fourteener. Bierstadt previously held the rank.


Information from: The Gazette

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