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  • #16
    No, the closure includes the section of trail on private land. Once this season is over, this route is permanently closed. This is not just a parking restriction. That said, there is great interest in developing a new route from the Rt. 73 side, but it won't happen immediately.

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    • #17
      Doesn't the specific access issue here really pale in comparison to the big picture, i.e. what sort of low breed ******* blocks someone's driveway? Is it just ignorance? Obliviousness? Stubborn tourists with no contingency plan? I've seen vehicles parked right in front of gated roads with plenty of room around to not block the gate, suggesting a severe lack of education. Many, many access points risk being lost if this selfish ignorance becomes the norm.

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      • autochromatica
        autochromatica commented
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        Yes, that is the issue.

    • #18
      Sadly, that is more an issue today than it used to be. More and more folks wandering around with their faces buried in their phones, behaving as though they were the only person in the world.

      I used to get upset at this, or think bad things about these folks. But I think you have to try to have "the most charitable assumption." The assumptions come in a set of three, as many things do. The most charitable assumption is that these folks are simply self-absorbed, and unaware of their surroundings. (#2 is that they are aware, but stupid. #3 is that they are aware and intelligent, but mean-spirited. So I go with #1.)

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      • #19
        Originally posted by tcd View Post
        Sadly, that is more an issue today than it used to be. More and more folks wandering around with their faces buried in their phones, behaving as though they were the only person in the world.

        I used to get upset at this, or think bad things about these folks. But I think you have to try to have "the most charitable assumption." The assumptions come in a set of three, as many things do. The most charitable assumption is that these folks are simply self-absorbed, and unaware of their surroundings. (#2 is that they are aware, but stupid. #3 is that they are aware and intelligent, but mean-spirited. So I go with #1.)
        Don't forget apathy.

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        • #20
          Originally posted by MJK View Post
          Doesn't the specific access issue here really pale in comparison to the big picture, i.e. what sort of low breed ******* blocks someone's driveway? Is it just ignorance? Obliviousness? Stubborn tourists with no contingency plan? I've seen vehicles parked right in front of gated roads with plenty of room around to not block the gate, suggesting a severe lack of education. Many, many access points risk being lost if this selfish ignorance becomes the norm.
          The Theory of Planned Behavior can be used to explain a lot of this. In a nutshell, the Theory of Planned Behavior states that our behavioral intentions, and thus our actual behaviors, are largely a product of three factors: Our attitudes towards specific behavioral choices, our perceived social norms, and our perceived behavioral control (i.e., how easy it will be for us to engage in specific behaviors).

          An example of attitude might be someone saying "I want to do this hike no matter what. It's the one I've had planned and spent the past few days getting excited about," and refusing to modify plans to find another hike. An example of perceived social norms might be someone saying "I see other cars parked in a way that blocks traffic, so it must be the normal thing to do. If everyone else does it, it's OK for me to do it too." An lastly, an example of behavioral control might be someone saying "Finding another hike means I have to plan it, drive there, worry that all of the parking spots there will be taken also, get there late so that I have less daylight to do the hike, etc. It's a lot easier for me to just park alongside the road here even if that does mean inconveniencing someone else."

          You put all of those thoughts together and it's easy to see why some people would do this. To be clear, I'm not justifying this sort of behavior, just attempting to explain why some people engage in it.

          The obvious solution to a lot of this would be getting hikers to plan things better in advance- understanding the possible issues with any hike, having a Plan B ready to go the moment it becomes clear that Plan A isn't feasible, etc. Easier said than done, unfortunately.

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          • #21
            It's a shame it came to this. I can respect the land owners' wishes, given how some people have no respect for other's property. However, I wish the state had a way to purchase land to make this all public. Owl's Head is the perfect trail to really capture the Adirondack beauty to those inexperienced in the High Peaks. A lot of reward for little effort. I've enjoyed this trail multiple times, due to the amazing views from on top, watching rock climbing lessons, natural blueberry bushes on top, and introducing my children to the High Peaks. I hope everyone will stick to weekdays only and not make a bad situation worse.
            ADK 46er #9204, 14/46 W

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            • #22
              Originally posted by tcd View Post
              I used to get upset at this, or think bad things about these folks. But I think you have to try to have "the most charitable assumption." The assumptions come in a set of three, as many things do. The most charitable assumption is that these folks are simply self-absorbed, and unaware of their surroundings. (#2 is that they are aware, but stupid. #3 is that they are aware and intelligent, but mean-spirited. So I go with #1.)
              I probably subscribe to #2, which is formalized as Hanlon's razor: "​Never attribute to malice that which is adequately explained by stupidity" But either 1,2, or 3 the end result is the same. And I'm not sure if all the readers of this thread are understanding that the current weekdays only policy is just throwing a bone: "the landowner has informed DEC the trail will be closed for public use at the end of this hiking season." The trail is gone.

              Originally posted by DSettahr View Post

              An example of perceived social norms might be someone saying "I see other cars parked in a way that blocks traffic, so it must be the normal thing to do. If everyone else does it, it's OK for me to do it too."
              This is very similar to the broken windows theory of law enforcement( https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Broken_windows_theory ), and the solution proposed there is quick and merciless enforcement of the laws. I've seen roads blocked when parking lots were full and I've seen gates blocked when there was plenty of space to park around them. And in large groups there is a problem where no one individual feels they are accountable. I think some people need to be educated and some people need to be smacked.

              Last edited by MJK; 06-21-2017, 11:32 PM. Reason: genuinely sorry to be an annoying new poster with so many opinions

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              • #23
                This is a very interesting article:

                https://theringer.com/instagram-geot...s-f65b529d5e28

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              • #24
                People ruined it for the same reason that groups take over leantos, that guys from Quebec run for-pay, guided trips to the HP, and why people don't bury their TP. Because F you, that's why.

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