Scenic is private property and we have the legal right to defend and protect that property. If either Matt or myself have to respond to trespassers on the property we will not bother to hike up to the springs to ask you to leave anymore. We will simply call law enforcement as soon as you are spotted on the property and have you arrested for First Degree Criminal Trespass (RCW 9A.52.070) at the most inopportune time (the last time deputies were just aching to head on up to the springs and 'bust some heads') or we will wait for you come back down. Either way, you are going to be arrested. Scenic is posted No Trespassing, Private Property . . . there are six separate signs so stating that. You cannot miss those signs and tearing them off the trees to pretend ignorance is not a defense. Knowingly entering posted private property and remaining on that property makes it First Degree Criminal Trespass . . . up to 90 days in jail and/or a $10,000 fine.
By the way, the BPA maintenance roads are NOT public right of ways. The BPA (and no one else) has a granted easement through the property but it still remains private, posted property to anyone else except permitted individuals.
Anyone caught tampering, modifying and/or damaging the tangible property on Scenic Hot Springs will also have felony charges pressed under RCW 4.24.630, Damage to Land and Property. We will press those charges on anyone found on the property without permission and/or vandalizing Scenic. No more warnings . . . you've had enough opportunity to be responsible adults.