May 17, 2010 8:26 AM by Bea Karnes, News First 5
Hikers who tackle some of Colorado's highest peaks could soon face a toll beyond the physical. The federal government is considering charging hikers up to $20 to access popular mountaintops.
The U.S. Forest Service says it will consider permit fees to cover trail improvements at some of Colorado "fourteeners" - or mountains above 14,000 feet. The Service proposes charging hikers $10 to $20 to access trails in South Colony Basin, a popular launching point for four fourteeners in the Sangre de Cristo Mountains.
Forest officials say half a million hikers a year climb one of Colorado's "fourteeners." They concede most hikers would oppose the fees, but say that hikers already pay to climb privately owned peaks.