Last week I hiked my favorite Half Dome training hike, Mission Peak in Fremont, CA. It was a beautiful day. Clear and in the low 70’s. I was pleased to see that East Bay Parks erected signs to keep people from trail cutting.
When enough hikers take short cuts, they erode the vegetation down so it can no longer slow the flow of water during the winter. It also leaves deep scars in the soil. Since you are hiking for exercise, why shorten the hike with trail cutting?
One of the biggest violators are mountain bikers. For some reason, they want to blaze their own trail. Oh, and they really annoy me zooming down behind me quietly and scaring the wits out of me. A simple ding bell would alert hikers that they are coming by. Most parks have a 15 mph speed limit for bikes. When I guy almost ran me over, I gave him “what fer.” He told me that he didn’t have a speedometer….so…is the speed limit only for those with speedometers?? Duh.
Hike on brother!
Unrelated thought worth quoting: “As I was walking down the street one day, a man came up to me and asked me what the time was that was on my watch. And I said
Does anybody really know what time it is? Does anybody really care?” – Chicago
MrHalfDome™ – Rick Deutsch – www.HikeHalfDome.com