Neophiteat48 wrote:mrchad9 wrote:Neophiteat48 wrote:How old are the hikers that are cutting the switchbacks you all see? Nothing against the younger group of hikers, most are respectful. But most of those I see that do this are teenagers or younger (and parents not doing there job to stop them), up to the early 20's.
When and where is this?
Heceta Head Lighthouse and Neptune State Beach in Oregon, Mount Tam, Glacier Point in Yosemite, Eagle Falls Trail (S.Lake Tahoe)
And when? Wow, in Oregon that was both in the summers of '08 and '09, Mount Tam (Spring '10) Glacier Point was about 1984 or so, Eagle Falls was about '06 or '07. Please don't ask for the actual date.
It seems you were in densely populated or crowded areas, where a lot of people tend to gather and go out a little bit that don't normally do so, rather than observations of hikers who go out regularly and stray a good ways from the trailhead.
I just wouldn't form an opinion as sweeping as yours on an entire generation based on such a limited dataset. There is a difference between kids who backpack and hike, and those brought to some state park or Glacier Point by their parents.