mcfadden wrote:Hi everyone,
There is more politics involved in this situation then many of you are aware of and it is a double edged sword. You see I have lived up there for three years and know Paul. I lived up there because I valued the outdoors and the freedom it brings. But during the summer, hundreds of people a day come to the glacier and many of them (not all or most) leave their trash and human waste everywhere. Not to mention the illegal fires made by ripping of branches from 200 year old bristlecone pines and beer bottles everywhere. The mountain is destroyed every year by ATVs making illegal trails above tree line and people trashing the tundra/lake area by not staying on the trail. Like all rules and fees, they are put in place because things get out of control.
On the other side of the coin, Paul is in it to make money. He fails to mention that he desperately wants the Coors family to develop the old ski area on the mountain to make a snowboard terrain park. He also owns 5-6 other lots next to the glacier that he wants to develop into rental cabins. I just have a problem when the Johnson Family shows up at water board meeting with Eclipse Snowpark gear on and then say there impartial!
If you want to hike Lames Peak and Park for free in the summer I would suggest going to Lock Lomond. It actually makes the hike shorter and there are beautiful lakes there. I know that area like the back of my hand so let me know if you have any questions.
Thanks for your post.
This is sort of what I was driving at with my other posts... The fact that the almighty dollar is driving this venture cannot be ignored, and is completely transparent to any of us who have ever run a business in the past.
I agree that the area up there was being trashed, and that is a large part of the reason that I rarely went there in recent years. I truly feel sympathy for those of you who live in the area, and deal with that type of mess in your own back yard. Sadly, I doubt that this parking venture will do much to solve the problem. The trash is on FS land, and the FS has proven to be either unwilling or unable to remedy the problem. I've seen the ATV's up there, and I have seen people attempting to convert the snowfield itself into something that very closely resembles a junkyard terrain park for teenage snowboarders!
If it wasn't for the cost of parking, I bet you could talk a number of folks on this site into assisting with a clean-up day on the mountain... I'm always a fan of accomplishing something while enjoying the mountains!
Anyway, thanks for the Loch advice... I'll definitely try that approach in the future!