ClimbandMine wrote:Jon Frohlich wrote:coloradokevin wrote:For those of you who have been hiking a while, I wonder if you remember what things were like just 5 years ago? 10 years ago? 15 years ago? It seems like every season brings more fees, higher fees, and more logistical red-tape before we can access OUR mountains.
Actually in the 9 years I've been out hiking little to nothing has changed. Culebra has changed ownership. CFI has improved a bunch of trails. Signage has improved. Prices for the train have gone up but that's private enterprise. That's about it. Can you give any real examples of what new fees have been put in place since 2000? Only real one I can think of is that now there is a fee station at Wild Basin in RMNP. I was paying at Brainard Lake back then already. I can't think of anything on the 14ers that has changed besides Culebra and that's a private ownership issue and nothing to do with this.
The Mt. Evans fee dates to about 1996?
Mt. Democrat "Fee Demo" Fee.
White River Forest "Voluntary" tracking permits -- Snowmass, Capital and the Bells/Pyramid
The Bells/Pyramid Maroon Lake shuttle / fee - I don't think its more than 15 years old. Could be wrong. The first time I went over there I didn't pay, and I started 14ers in '97.
So basically in the last 9 (maybe 10) years there's been nothing new since the Kite Lake parking fee was in place in 2001. Hardly the same as every season bringing more and higher fees. Voluntary tracking permits don't bother me one bit. The belief that fees are just popping up everywhere really doesn't fit the facts.