Preserving the Wonder of Colorado’s 14ers: Mt. Columbia and Kit Carson Peak/Challenger Point
by Emily Olsen
For the NFF and all of our Find Your Fourteener partners across Colorado, 2020 was a year of learning, adaptation, and evolution. The season didn’t look like we imagined, but thanks to ingenuity and drive, our organizations collectively experienced a tremendous amount of success.
For two peaks, Mt. Columbia and Kit Carson Peak/Challenger Point, 2020 was especially significant. This year represented the final, conclusive year of multi-year, highly technical new trail construction efforts. While we couldn’t carry out the larger public celebrations we had planned for each project, we wanted to take a moment to celebrate the awesome work that occurred on each peak over the past five years.
Hikers aiming to reach Columbia and Kit Carson Peak/Challenger Point will benefit from a safer, more enjoyable experience as they reach 14,000+ feet. And the surrounding National Forest lands – the alpine environment, plant and wildlife habitat, and water sources – will be immeasurably protected for years to come.
Now, we’d like to showcase some of the incredible work across both peaks!
Thank you to the many partners and funders who made these projects happen! Both projects benefitted from a diverse array of supporters over the past five years. Support from the Telluray Foundation was critical in bringing the projects over the finish line in 2020. Thank you, Telluray Foundation!