updated 3/3/2009 5:55:55 PM ET 2009-03-03T22:55:55

Hikers who reach the summit of Pikes Peak but are daunted by the descent have reason to find a second wind — calling rescuers will cost a hefty fee.

The city council of Colorado Springs set a fee of $100 or more if uninjured hikers call authorities for help because they're not up to walking down the 14,110-foot peak, local newspaper reported.

The fee could increase if snow has to be plowed from Pikes Peak Highway for rescuers to fetch a stranded hiker.

The council approved the fee unanimously and without debate last week, The Gazette of Colorado Springs reported. It took effect Sunday.

Some 15,000 people try to climb Pikes Peak annually. It is believed to be the second-most visited mountain behind Japan's Mount Fuji.

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