Taking on one of Colorado’s 53 fourteeners—from stately Longs Peak and the iconic Maroon Bells to the easy to access Mt. Bierstadt—is becoming a pilgrimage for Colorado’s residents and its visitors. While more people than ever are climbing them, there’s still a dearth of good information about each mountain and its surrounding areas. Hiking Colorado’s Fourteeners fills that gap by informing adventurers—from the freshly-booted novice to the grizzled mountaineer—about each of Colorado’s iconic mountains over 14,000 feet tall.
Chris Meehan grew up in the shadows of the Appalachians where he cultivated a love of the outdoors. He has written for Outdoor USA Magazine, Westword, Sun & Wind Energy, among other publications. A former Colorado mountain guide, he has taken children as young as 12 and people in their 70s to the top of Colorado’s fourteeners, and has hiked some of Colorado’s toughest mountains including Little Bear, Longs Peak and Sunlight Peak. .