The latest Scene newsletter & facebook update mentions a NPS crew working on Horsetail and Oneonta. Couple of pics on the post--doesn't look nice.
General discussions on hiking in Oregon and the Pacific Northwest
You would think that the opening of the Eagle Creek would be perfect timing for the government/USFS to implement specific fees/permits such as what's happening at Dog Mountain. While most of us dislike the hiking trail permits, it would cut down on trail/ecosystem overuse and parking lot crime. How many trip reports included cars getting broke into at Eagle Creek? I also remember lots of trip reports concerning the lack of law enforcement patrols. Similar to the parking lot at Dog Mountain, if the USFS installed a gate where the chain link fence is now and set up the permit system at the campground/ fish hatchery parking lot should eliminate parallel parking and vandalism (to a point).
Hiking is never about the destination, it's about the adventure!!!
I wonder if the eventual reopening of Eagle Ck will take the pressure off Herman Ck, or if it is now "found" by a new crowd of users. It was almost impossible to find parking for Eagle Ck during normal weekend hours, though I have a flexible enough schedule to work around that, and with the far smaller lot, Herman is in a similar condition. But many people with more normal jobs do not. I rarely hike in the western Gorge, but I think that is normal there? (for me, western means west of Eagle Creek and Tanner stuff)
My trips at http://www.deanmyerson.org/photoindex