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PostTue Mar 24, 2020 4:57 pm 
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First, it was campgrounds.  Now, it's everything.
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PostTue Mar 24, 2020 6:21 pm 
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When people act stupid they lose privileges
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PostTue Mar 24, 2020 8:23 pm 
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I maintain privileges. I'm gonna claim exemption

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PostWed Mar 25, 2020 6:06 pm 
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This is for Spokane area, but I assume it applies at all State Parks

According to State Parks Area Manager, Diana Dupuis, "We realize many people live close to the trail and will be able to access it by foot or bike and, as long as they are practicing good social distancing, can use the trail and still abide by the Governorís order. We recognize that getting out and exercising is still a great practice for most everyone, especially during this time. What we donít want is over crowded trailheads, people not keeping their distances, and bathrooms that we cannot keep sanitized. This measure is to help us avoid those situations. Closing a park means shutting down our facilities, parking lots, and amenities to the public to keep our staff and the public safe. The land is still there for the public to use."

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All we need is a break from the meddling media and their telephoto lenses.  Last week, widely separated groups of housemates on Alki were characterized as wall-to-wall crowds.  A quick pan from a helicopter revealed that naughty folks on the breezy beach, were actually physically separated and relatively sparse.  That's why the vertical shot was clipped short.  The telephoto shot compressing the length of the beach was the centerpiece of the story.  Pictures do lie.

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PostThu Mar 26, 2020 7:46 am 
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Exactly!! Better sorry than safe!!

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PostThu Mar 26, 2020 7:50 am 
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Tiger Mt Highpoint trailhead was open as of yesterday afternoon (Mgmt by Issaquah City Parks I believe)

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PostThu Mar 26, 2020 8:01 am 
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SteeperColder wrote:
Tiger Mt Highpoint trailhead was open as of yesterday afternoon (Mgmt by Issaquah City Parks I believe)

The DNR policy which I believe would apply to Tiger was supposed to take effect today, the 26th, I believe some people were still going in just fine on the 25th. DNR has said they will have rangers out and asking people to leave, and the west Tiger area seems busy enough that itís be a priority enforcement point for them.
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PostThu Mar 26, 2020 8:46 am 
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Ski wrote:
You exempt from the virus as well?

Let us know how that works out for you.

You were making fun of people for being concerned about this.  What changed your mind?
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PostThu Mar 26, 2020 8:57 am 
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SteeperColder wrote:
Tiger Mt Highpoint trailhead was open as of yesterday afternoon (Mgmt by Issaquah City Parks I believe)

The Highpoint trailhead https://goo.gl/maps/6PxyRUAZX12XLnvt5 is managed by the DNR and is behind a DNR managed gate.

However the Cableline Trailhead https://goo.gl/maps/KmFJx4ZgkxdcQ95YA is outside the gate and parking is along a public road that lies outside the City of Issaquah's city limits.

Perhaps the King County sheriff will ticket cars parked along SE 79TH ST.

I think for the most part closure orders like this depend more on citizens acting out of enlightened self-interest than from law enforcement issuing citations.

Whenever I've hiked West Tiger 3 -- even on storm days, I see plenty of other people, so it isn't a particularly good choice for "social isolation"
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PostThu Mar 26, 2020 10:31 am 
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Randito wrote:
SteeperColder wrote:
Tiger Mt Highpoint trailhead was open as of yesterday afternoon (Mgmt by Issaquah City Parks I believe)

The Highpoint trailhead https://goo.gl/maps/6PxyRUAZX12XLnvt5 is managed by the DNR and is behind a DNR managed gate.

However the Cableline Trailhead https://goo.gl/maps/KmFJx4ZgkxdcQ95YA is outside the gate and parking is along a public road that lies outside the City of Issaquah's city limits.

Perhaps the King County sheriff will ticket cars parked along SE 79TH ST.

I think for the most part closure orders like this depend more on citizens acting out of enlightened self-interest than from law enforcement issuing citations.

Whenever I've hiked West Tiger 3 -- even on storm days, I see plenty of other people, so it isn't a particularly good choice for "social isolation"

Except it's not just about the parking in terms of restrictions.  How long does it take you to get on DNR land when you start up the Cable Line Trail?

https://www.dnr.wa.gov/closurenews

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PostThu Mar 26, 2020 10:35 am 
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Kascadia wrote:
It's not just about the parking in terms of restrictions.  How long does it take you to get on DNR land when you start up the Cable Line Trail?

https://www.dnr.wa.gov/closurenews

Yes -- the Tiger Mtn forest is DNR land is closed to all public access. 

I don't think one should expect there to be rangers or any sort of government agents out enforcing the closure.     Rather I hope folks are willing to act "in the public good" and respect the closures.

ETA from the DNR closure order:

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How will this be enforced?
We take this closure seriously and expect the public to also. Ultimately, we are
counting on people to do the right thing and comply. It is important that we all
abide by this closure to protect the safety of everyone. Our enforcement staff will be
patrolling our landscapes. If you are found on state land, our staff will provide
information about the closure and ask you to leave. Citations can be issued to
individuals who refuse to leave.
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PostThu Mar 26, 2020 4:18 pm 
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Randito wrote:
Kascadia wrote:
It's not just about the parking in terms of restrictions.  How long does it take you to get on DNR land when you start up the Cable Line Trail?

https://www.dnr.wa.gov/closurenews

Yes -- the Tiger Mtn forest is DNR land is closed to all public access. 

I don't think one should expect there to be rangers or any sort of government agents out enforcing the closure.     Rather I hope folks are willing to act "in the public good" and respect the closures.

ETA from the DNR closure order:

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How will this be enforced?
We take this closure seriously and expect the public to also. Ultimately, we are
counting on people to do the right thing and comply. It is important that we all
abide by this closure to protect the safety of everyone. Our enforcement staff will be
patrolling our landscapes. If you are found on state land, our staff will provide
information about the closure and ask you to leave. Citations can be issued to
individuals who refuse to leave.


The DNR statement seems to explicitly say that there will be rangers out telling people to go home and ticketing those who refuse. I imagine many areas are remote enough that they wonít bother to patrol but Iíd imagine the west tiger area will be very high on the priority list to have somebody out at.
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PostWed Apr 01, 2020 1:40 am 
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Was at the Arboretum the other day and people were thick on the trails through there.

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PostWed Apr 01, 2020 11:33 am 
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people were thick on the trails

We walked two loops there this week. All the people we saw were being careful to keep their distance. The paths are wide and it's easy to do here. It's not that different than taking a walk on city sidewalks.

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