Forest Service to consider day hike quotas?
The story quotes Wenatchee River Ranger District wilderness coordinator Lisa Therrell as saying these popular areas are "way overused on weekends."
The proposal is sure to open a debate within the hiking community. Hikers have begrudgingly accepted limits to overnight use, but quotas for day hikes have yet to take hold in Washington's national forest lands.
Coincidentally, the Wenatchee River Ranger District is facing budget cuts that will not allow it to remain open on Sundays during permit season. That would almost certainly have to change if a day-hiking quota system was put into effect.