In the past decade the number of hikers ascending Colorado's 14ers has tripled, and the number keeps rising.
Last year, a half million people conquered at least one
14,000 foot peak. Land managers forecast that figure will rise
another ten percent within the next year.
Lyle Laverty, state parks directors, said all those footsteps
are wearing out the infrastructure. At the same time usage is increasing, the federal agencies that manage mountain trials are dealing with budget cuts.