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Maroon Peak trail rehab back on track
ASPEN — Rehabilitation work on Aspen's most iconic mountains will get under way this summer after stalling for lack of funds last year.
The Colorado Fourteeners Initiative (CFI) plans to begin a trail and terrain rehabilitation project on North Maroon Peak in July, according to executive director Lloyd Athearn. Work will continue on North Maroon Peak in 2013 as well as begin on Maroon Peak, he said.
CFI is a nonprofit organization based in Golden. Its mission is to educate people about the ecological damage occurring on the state's 54 mountains exceeding 14,000 feet in elevation and repairing that damage.
CFI selects two or three projects per summer with direction from the U.S. Forest Service. The work on the Maroon Bells has been a top priority, but CFI had to scale back its schedule last year because of lack of funds. CFI earlier estimated the planned work on North Maroon Peak will cost $286,000 while the project on Maroon Peak will boost the total to $415,000.