Anyone else hoping driver-less technology will never catch on?

Yeah I'm a hiker too, like anything there's a responsible and an irresponsible way to go about recreation. I think the greatest supporters of "tread lightly" practices you'll find anywhere are 4x4 and OHV drivers who see mile after mile of legitimate access roads closed, every year because of careless people (also in motorized vehicles) driving off trail, making braided trails, dumping trash and otherwise being the reason we can't have nice things.

The balance gets messed up because most of us only have weekends to get outdoors - for me that means I'm walking the Arizona Trail ten miles at a time and then have to get back to my Jeep, go home, work a few more weeks, then go to another part of the trail and walk that, walk back to my Jeep, repeat... I've long since given up my dream of through-hiking the PCT. In a sense, everyone who hikes needs some degree of motorized access (resupply, town runs, emergency assistance, trail angels, road maintenance for FS/fire access, etc) and a road like Rubicon or Dusy or any of the other numbered RS2477 routes are less ecologically and visually offensive than paving a full road.

The matter gets uglier when access gets closed to a given area; demand doesn't decrease so those visitors just double up on whatever is left open - greatly increasing the speed at which those areas are trampled, leading to their closure, and continuing the cycle.

For brevity's sake there's no single uniform solution to that challenge that could be typed out in a reddit post. Anything that can encourage motorized vehicle operators to stay on the fucking trail and pack it out is a good thing. Anything that can remind all users that access for anybody depends on access for everybody will also help distribute the load on our public land.

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