The trail is an alternative to the popular Pacific Coast Trail
ASTORIA — Dissuaded by snow and dangerous river crossings, some backpackers ditched the popular Pacific Crest Trail in early 2017 and turned to the shorter, less well-known Oregon Coast Trail.
Though the trail was declared “hikeable” in 1988, hikers looking to walk it from end to end struggled to navigate gaps between segments and faced unclear signs, few legal camping options and, in general, a trail that wasn’t quite ready for them. Now the state is looking for solutions.
This month, the Oregon Parks and Recreation Department held several open house presentations across the state to gather feedback from stakeholders about the trail.
Public access to some areas of the state’s newest park would cost more than a weeklong pass for an entire family at the Grand Canyon, under a plan approved by the Kansas Department of Wildlife, Parks and Tourism.
Anyone who wants to walk through fragile rock formations in Little Jerusalem Badlands State Park would have to buy a $50 permit, the Kansas Wildlife, Parks and Tourism Commission has decided. The park is expected to open sometime in 2019.
The Niobrara chalk formations are the same kind of rock found in the Badlands of South Dakota, dating back millions of years. The 100-foot-deep canyons are part of a 330-a
But the landowners of Little Jerusalem said they haven’t approved the “backcountry access” permit fee and want to keep it affordable.