Bob Burd wrote:
1000Pks wrote: They go to lengths to catch illegal campers, they have eyes and a lot of experience doing such.
Jereds, if you have no reservations or good plans, please stay home or find something else to do. Unless you like $1000 fines and maybe some jail time.
No, they don't go to lengths, that's the main point. They check the cars at the turnouts, cruise the parking lots and campgrounds and keep people from speeding and killing bears and themselves.
Good Lord, you're just sleeping in the woods or on a slab of rock and you're gone in the morning. You don't need a tent. What they *really* don't want is people making campsites and fire rings and leaving shit around. Leave No Trace - it's not hard.
Well, visitors may be better nowadays with info by the Net. There's no MLC SC to tell you to eep their way, mostly illegally. When they find out too many people are carrying gear into the woods to evade camping fees, they'll post signs everywhere, "no overnight parking." They have done so in many places already. Maybe you like the idea of keeping inmates busy making even more signs, but they had a prison riot locally just now, I was worried about one SPer in that regard.
Rangers are pretty familiar with what people will do. They can scope out where people will try to camp illegally, and find them. They're not dumb. Maybe due to the budget or what enforcement is down, but do you wish to take that risk?
We had good holiday trips to spectacular areas with avoiding the crowds quite well. We'd leave early Saturday morning, missing the Friday night rush to the mountains, or to take off before the traffic jams started to form. If you came with us, you'd get the peaks and the scenery, all for cheap and with no hassle. All you had to do was sign-up.
Now, I've climbed them all and done it all. I plan to stay about home this holiday, if no one wants to do anything, and relax and save up for my next road trip. There's going to be millions on the road, and I know some good peaks to do with efficient itineraries, if anyone was interested. However, if you wish to have some fun the way everyone else wants to do it like, all at the same time, be my guest. Then, do not listen to me!