New facility blocks public access to Table Mountain Trail


JEFF: THERE ARE MANY GREAT HIKES IN THE COLUMBIA RIVER GORGE, BUT NOW A COUPLE ARE MUCH HARDER TO GET TO. JENNIFER: THIS, AS PRIME HIKING SEASON IS GETTING READY TO START. WE WANTED TO KNOW MORE ABOUT THE ISSUE. HERE IS JOSEPH DAMES. REPORTER: ONE OF THE GREAT PASS AND TRAILS CONNECTING THE COMMUNITY. THE PEOPLE WILL USE IT WHETHER YOU WANT IT OR NOT. DIRECT THEM WHERE YOU WANT THEM TO GO AND THAT THE SENATE — GET THE BENEFIT OUT OF IT. REPORTER: CITY MANAGER TOM JERMANN IS REFERRING TO THE STARTING POINT FOR A GREAT HIKE TO TABLE MOUNTAIN. AN UNOFFICIAL TRAIL ACCESS LOCATION THAT WAS HOUSED AT THE BONNEVILLE HOT SPRINGS RESORT AND SPA. HERE IS THE PROBLEM. UP TO THIS WINTER, THE HOT SPRINGS ALLOWED PEOPLE TO PARK IN THEIR LOT TO ACCESS THE TRAILS THAT WOULD EVENTUALLY LEAD UP TO TABLE MOUNTAIN. NO LONGER IN BUSINESS. NOW A NEW HOME FOR FOUNDATIONS RECOVERY NETWORK. A SUBSTANCE ABUSE AND MENTAL HEALTH TREATMENT WITH RULES AND REGULATIONS THEY DON’T ALLOW , PUBLIC ON THE LAND. I WENT AND CHECKED IT OUT TODAY. THIS WAS THE SIGN ON THE OUTSIDE. THE CITY OF NORTH BONNEVILLE AND OTHER HIKING COMMUNITIES WANT TO CONTINUE THE ACCESS. HERE’S YOUR PARKING LOT. WE ALREADY HAVE RESTROOMS. WE ALREADY HAVE POTENTIAL FOR BUSINESSES. SO THEN IT BECOMES LIKE AN AUTHORIZED LOCATION. IT’S ALWAYS BEEN HERE. IT’S JUST A MATTER OF GETTING IN FROM WHERE THIS IS TO WHERE THEY HAVE TO GET TO. REPORTER: HOWEVER, IT’S NOT AS EASY AS JUST HAVING A NEW PARKING LOT. RACHEL PAWLITZ OF THE COLUMBIA GORGE SCENIC AREA EXPRESSES THE DIFFICULTIES. THERE ARE ASPECTS THAT CROSS PRIVATE PROPERTY. WE NEED TO LOOK AT PROPER LEGAL EASEMENTS WHERE YOU HAVE THE RIGHT AWAY TO GET TO THE TRAIL AND THAT CAN BE PROTECTED IN THE TITLE, SO IF THERE IS A SALE YOU , DON’T RUN INTO CHALLENGES LIKE

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