Anyone in norcal (and the Tahoe area especially) have experience with this?
Dingus Milktoast wrote:that's hilarious! Driving into Cold Stream to go ice climbing, in that thing? AWESOME!
"Who poached my line? WHO???"
1000Pks wrote:Please, wilderness has no defense left here. I've seen snowmobile tracks high on Pyramid Peak (9,987') and elsewhere, courtesy, USFS. Don't ruin it forever.
Please, wilderness has no defense left here. I've seen snowmobile tracks high on Pyramid Peak (9,987') and elsewhere, courtesy, USFS. Don't ruin it forever.
Lets not confuse two different issues. The Desolation Wilderness boundary extends well below Pyramid on all sides, and there's absolutely no excuse for "accidentally" riding into it. People poaching wilderness areas and closed zones deserve to be cited (not that its much of a deterrent . . . I think the max fine is $1000, which given the odds of getting caught, is a joke). I've spent a lot of time in Desolation and have no desire to see it overrun with motorized vehicles.
It's true that you can get anywhere you want in the Sierra on skis, but that's equally true in the summer. Should we permanently close 4, 108, 120, and the massive network of approach roads that are closed in the wintertime? It would certainly preserve the wilderness better, and anyone with enough time and motivation could still hike in to Tuolumne Meadows or Sonora Pass. Climber traffic on Cathedral Peak would certainly drop off.
If you think that snowmobiles should be banned from the state, then I can respect that, although I don't agree. But don't equate legal snowmobile usage - which is actually pretty heavily restricted in popular areas - with highmarking inside a wilderness area.
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