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Columbia trail

Post by schumi248 » Mon Jun 01, 2020 12:50 am

Is the new trail on Columbia finished yet?? If it is, it’s on my list this summer.
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Re: Columbia trail

Post by Jim Davies » Mon Jun 01, 2020 12:38 pm

They're supposed to finish this summer, but I believe CFI is encouraging people to use the lower portion. https://www.14ers.org/what-we-do/curren ... -projects/
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Re: Columbia trail

Post by yardman » Tue Jun 02, 2020 4:58 pm

The new Columbia trail CFI has been working to build for the past four years is open! Keep in mind that we'll have a crew continuing to build out new structures and more clearly delineate the upper part of the trail. Thus, expect to see people working on the trail and please stop if asked to do so as work requires. Otherwise, enjoy the difference a ton of work has made on what was one of the worst 14er routes in the state.
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Re: Columbia trail

Post by justiner » Tue Jun 02, 2020 5:18 pm

Was all CFI volunteer work nixed?
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Re: Columbia trail

Post by wineguy » Tue Jun 02, 2020 6:19 pm

yardman wrote:
Tue Jun 02, 2020 4:58 pm
The new Columbia trail CFI has been working to build for the past four years is open! Keep in mind that we'll have a crew continuing to build out new structures and more clearly delineate the upper part of the trail. Thus, expect to see people working on the trail and please stop if asked to do so as work requires. Otherwise, enjoy the difference a ton of work has made on what was one of the worst 14er routes in the state.
Thanks Lloyd, I'm looking forward to my second ascent of Columbia this summer.
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Re: Columbia trail

Post by DeTour » Tue Jun 02, 2020 7:21 pm

justiner wrote:
Tue Jun 02, 2020 5:18 pm
Was all CFI volunteer work nixed?
Sadly, yes: https://www.14ers.org/how-you-can-help/ ... storation/
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Re: Columbia trail

Post by nunns » Wed Jun 03, 2020 10:11 am

yardman wrote:
Tue Jun 02, 2020 4:58 pm
The new Columbia trail CFI has been working to build for the past four years is open! Keep in mind that we'll have a crew continuing to build out new structures and more clearly delineate the upper part of the trail. Thus, expect to see people working on the trail and please stop if asked to do so as work requires. Otherwise, enjoy the difference a ton of work has made on what was one of the worst 14er routes in the state.
Good on CFI for all of your hard work, especially on Columbia!!!
I climbed in 2002 and not only was the screefest not very enjoyable it probably wasn't great for the mountain either, so personally I am thankful for all of the hard work that has/is being put in to improve things.

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Re: Columbia trail

Post by stephakett » Thu Jun 04, 2020 8:17 am

best news i've heard all week! can't wait to repeat this one
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Re: Columbia trail

Post by shelly+ » Thu Jun 04, 2020 9:01 am

stephakett wrote:
Thu Jun 04, 2020 8:17 am
best news i've heard all week!
likewise!! looking forward to doing it this summer!!
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Re: Columbia trail

Post by Molasses » Fri Jun 05, 2020 9:55 pm

Some quick feedback on the new trail... it is FANTASTIC!! I got to use it last year for my descent of Columbia on Labor Day. At the time, CFI recommended using the old trail to summit, but the new trail for descent. They did an incredible job with the new trail... LOTS of work spent putting in new steps, and making it a joy to hike. There is still a section between the top of the new trail and the ridge to the summit that is a scree-fest, but it is only a small section to manage through. Exceptional work!
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Re: Columbia trail

Post by CaptCO » Fri Jun 05, 2020 9:59 pm

Can you describe the new route? I took the standard up Columbia a few weeks ago and saw some orange fishing lure like deals, thought it was still being worked on. Fell a few times down the scree and cursed out my lungs
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Re: Columbia trail

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