Trails Of Trouble As Maintenance Slides In Wilderness Areas

BOISE, Idaho — Some federal budget cuts can be found in places you might not be looking: deep in the wilds of the Pacific Northwest.

Oregon Public Broadcasting 

Hikers and horse packers seeking adventure and solitude are also encountering frustration over the state of disrepair of recreational trails in wilderness areas.
 
Shirley Williamson of Boise, Idaho is hoping not to be one of those hikers who comes across a bad stretch of trail this summer.
 
Williamson is at her kitchen table, looking over a topographic map while she plans a summertime backpacking venture with friends in one of her favorite destinations: the Frank Church-River of No Return Wilderness in central Idaho...
 
Craig Gehrke with the Wilderness Society in Idaho says the deeper recreationists venture into the backcountry, the more likely they are to find neglected trails.
 
“The deadfall gets worse and worse and worse” the deeper an outdoor adventurer goes, Gehrke says.