7-Day Forecast for Scenic Hot Springs Area (2,900 ft near beginning of Trail Head)

Tuesday, February 23, 2010

Scenic is conditionally open

We've talked it over and have come to the conclusion that the worst of the vandalism has abated so, therefore, we are going to allow access to the hot springs on a permission-based reservation system . . . meaning, read the Conditions of Access in the sidebar and then ask for permission. Help cover the costs of controlling the vandalism, etc with a contribution via the PayPal icon.

Conditions as of last Sunday: The springs are still running hot and will remain so until we get significant snow melt. Right now they are hot. The biggest obstacle is the hike up. The upper sections of the trail (from Rock Alley to the switchback) are steep and heavily ice-coated. If you do not have crampons please do not risk injury by attempting this hike at this time. That's how bad the ice is. As stated in the Conditions of Access you assume all risk with the full knowledge of the wilderness conditions up there. That is, assuming we have given you permission . . . trespassers simply get what they deserve.

Speaking of trespassers, the trail cam has given us some remarkable footage . . . much of which I simply cannot post on the blog. The trail cam will remain in place (but not at the pools) so consider yourselves on your best behavior (again, assuming you have permission to be up there).

Those caught trespassing will be asked to leave or turned back . . . or if deemed respectful enough, asked to make a donation on the spot to continue up or soaking. Those that ask in advance are asked $5 per person . . . those encountered on the trail without permission will be asked $10 or leave.

The essential rules:

  • Ask for permission and contribute
  • Be respectful. No lewd behavior, stay on the trail and pack out your trash (and then some)
  • No camping, no fires, no dogs and absolutely no firearms
  • Absolutely no night-time soaking at Scenic
  • Be prepared for changing weather conditions
Read the Conditions of Access for more information.

Monday, February 22, 2010

Peek-a-boo, I see you

Okay, so let's not totally embarrass the antics of some of the dozens of trespassers to the springs over the last week. I will share just one image of a curious dude intent on examining it where I thought the camera was well-hidden. I'll place it better the next time. And maybe the next time I will post those embarrassing photos as a trespasser has little reason to expect privacy while traipsing on private property.

The conditions at Scenic are far from ideal. The recent spate of warm days followed by snap-freezes at night has created serious ice conditions on the trail. Even crampons are not enough on the steeper sections. You head up there and you risk serious injury. Please stay away.

The lock was missing again. It will be replaced tonight. I caught one couple driving a jeep into the clearcut. When asked what they were doing there . . . they got caught in the snow at the bottom of the BPA loop . . . they became beligerent and outright threatening claiming they had a right to go anywhere on a Forest Service road. I pointed out the gate was shut and in place for a reason. Plus, where they were is no longer a FS road but a BPA maintenance road and private property. I almost called the sheriff and then retorted, "Fine. I'm going to lock the gate now. I'll come back in a day or two to see if you need help getting out." The bluff worked. They eventually dug themselves out and headed back out. I did them a favor because I could have just as easily replaced the locks without the knowledge that they'd snuck in.