Posted by Wendy M. Walker on November 24, 2002 at 09:02:11:
In Reply to: Bagby Hot Springs posted by Richard Hays on July 18, 2002 at 22:09:37:
As many of you know by now, Dave Bybee and the Sierra Club has managed to stop the trail project and has removed the log curbing for the remainder of the project. Interestingly enough those who were actually there doing the work were mostly out-of-state members of the Sierra Club. I went up to the springs on Friday November 15th and noticed that there are several areas between the end of the existing new trail and Bagby Hot Springs, that will be muddy bogs in the really wet weather. Some of the worst part of the trail was left untouched. How is this going to help the environment? This will only make the trail wider in those areas because many people will go off the trail to avoid the mud. The trail work that was to be done would have prevented people from damaging the area surrounding the trail any further and would have allowed that area to heal itself. This would have actually confined people to the trail leaving the sides of the trail in their natural state and preventing further erosion of the trail itself. It would also make it easier for disabled or handicapped people to enjoy the natural soothing ability of the mineral water. Is this a form of discrimination agaisnt handicapped people? It would also make it easier for families with small children to walk up the trail. Is this discrimination against small children? Is it Dave Bybee's and the Sierra Club's intention to make it harder for family groups to come up and enjoy the natural beauty of the springs? I have two granddaughters that love to go up to Bagby. They want their baby brother to go up. The new trail would have made it a lot easier for them to walk the trail and a lot easier for the 2 year old and now the 6 month old to be carried in on someone's back. If you are interested in seeing the trail project completed send letters to
Jeff Walter - District Ranger
Estacada Ranger Station
595 N.W. Industrial Way
Estacada, OR 97023
John Walker - President
Friends of Bagby Hot Springs, Inc.
P.O. Box 1798
Clackamas, OR 97015-1798
you can also e-mail me at
If you send mail to John Walker or e-mails to Wendy Walker we will see to it that everything is passed on to Jeff Walter.