Whether the time has come to install a permit system for hiking/backpacking in the High Peaks Wilderness has been in the news lately, and a topic for debate in this recent commentary by Dave Gibson.
Here are a few recent comments that came in via email:
“Sustainable Trail design, rather than our 100+ year old trails. One way trails on the 2-3 busiest peaks, one trail up a separate trail down. One half the foot traffic, and, except for the summit, hikers won’t be passing each other all the way up and down, especially since most people hike at roughly the same pace. Now the real problem is that this will take MONEY. We need a lot more Rangers as well, so that some of them can go back to their core duties, not just rescues. Gov. Cuomo is good at promoting tourism in the Adirondacks, but woefully lacking in the financial support this extra traffic requires. This is the People’s park, we all deserve to enjoy it, it soothes the soul. — John Marona
“I don’t do that area myself but if there is limited parking and liberal.use of ticketing to illegally parked cars then word would spread…if people paid the fines then its an additional income source and /or future deterrence.. the permit system doesn’t seem practical or easily enforceable. Obviously people do not self limit or always observe carry in…carry out…LNT or even read how to prepare for a hike/climb so publications are “preachin to the choir”….but they do not like traffic/parking tickets.” — Kathy Corey