It’s an affront to liberty and a slap in the face to every Nevadan who enjoys the great outdoors! The US Forest Service, in the latest authoritarian move from the Biden administration, is threatening severe penalties—up to $6,000 in fines and six months of jail time—for anyone daring to hike at Mt. Charleston. Mind you, this isn’t a brief, emergency closure. The ban has already lasted over two months, with no end in sight as the winter season makes trail repairs a distant dream for next summer.
For those of us who have enjoyed the rugged beauty of Mt. Charleston for years, using alternative routes to explore its peaks, this is not just absurd but downright infuriating. The Forest Service’s idiotic policy doesn’t even consider the fact that only certain sections of the main trail are damaged. Their totalitarian approach is akin to banning driving in an entire city because one road has a pothole!
According to the official release, the closure affects the Spring Mountains National Recreation Area and extends to the Humboldt-Toiyabe National Forest. Even if you’re caught stepping foot in these boundaries, you’ll be subject to ludicrous penalties. In the face of yet more government overreach, and shut downs of the things we love, we’re left asking: where does it stop?
The closure has been formalized under 16 U.S.C. § 551 and 36 C.F.R. § 261.50(a), with the penalties categorized as Class B misdemeanors. In essence, the Forest Service has weaponized the law to lock us out of our own landscapes! The closure is set to last until September 2025. Think about that—two years of government-sanctioned exclusion from a mountain that many of us have grown up hiking!
Will locals yet again stand idle while our freedoms are trampled upon. It’s imperative that we make our voices heard. Reach out to your elected representatives. Contact the officials at the US Forest Service who are overseeing this outrage. Road closures due to repairs or emergencies are understandable, but banning access to an entire mountain and hitting outdoor enthusiasts with excessive fines and potential imprisonment is an unprecedented level of government intrusion into our lives.
If you enjoy hiking at Mt. Charleston and believe this kind of government heavy-handedness needs to stop, now is the time to act. Before we know it, the Forest Service might start fining us for looking in the direction of the mountains next!
Here is the contact info of the braindead morons who are in charge of the area.
Forest Supervisor, Humboldt-Toiyabe National Forest at US Forest Service
Spring Mountain National Recreation Area, Area Manager