Lazy hiker fee approved for Pikes Peak
COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (AP) ” Lazy hikers on Colorado’s 14,115-foot Pikes Peak could be slapped with a hefty fee if they get to the top but then call rescuers for a ride down.
The city council of Colorado Springs has approved a proposal by Pikes Peak Highway officials to charge uninjured hikers $100 or more if they get to the top but then call 911 because they don’t want to walk down.
The fee could go up if rescuers have to plow snow from the highway to fetch a stranded hiker. The council approved the fee unanimously and without debate last week.
Some 15,000 people a year attempt to climb Pikes Peak. It is believed to be the second-most visited mountain in the world behind Japan’s Mount Fuji.