Hikers, gliders, et al, booted from butte

By on May 7, 2013

JACKSON  HOLE, WYO – Users of Antelope Butte, known to most locals as High School Butte, received bad news today as the decision was made to close the beloved hiking hill to all public use effective immediately.

The Oliver family owns a forty-acre parcel called Poodle Ranch that encompasses most of the top of the popular in-town hiking butte. The property is protected by a Jackson Hole Land Trust easement established in 1998. In the past, the Land Trust has worked with the Olivers to improve human-caused erosion on the scarred hillside. A massive effort in 2009 to revegetate the part of the switchback trail near the top was mildly successful but in the end members of the Oliver family have become increasingly discouraged by widening trails, litter, fire pits, and other degradation to their land.

After meeting with the Land Trust and public officials, the decision was made to close the area completely until further notice. Signs are expected to go up Wednesday.


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6 Comments

  1. murph

    May 8, 2013 at 3:39 am

    i thought that it was april fools day again.people will hike it cause its there.what’s next putting up a fence

  2. D

    May 8, 2013 at 6:22 am

    It is always a bummer to loose trails and public access and I wanted to thank the Oliver family for their generosity for allowing access for the past 30+ years.

    Given the number of years the landowners looked the other way while the public hiked up and down the butte in a continuous and deliberate manner for the past 30+ years, that trail is now be covered by a prescriptive easement. The construction of a fence will no longer legally hold back the throngs of hikers looking forward to the view from the Butte.

    Shame on the trail users for beating down and overusing that trail. You loved it to death.

    • Dignan

      May 8, 2013 at 2:21 pm

      Wrong. Didn’t look the other way. They gave permission, were actively involved in managing overning” the trail and it’s use, participating with the land trust to try to maintain public usage on their terms. The public abused that, and now they have withdrawn their permission. A prescriptive easement applies to continued access without permission and without objection.

  3. K

    May 8, 2013 at 9:52 am

    I completely agree with the decision to close off the butte. Not only were people disrespecting the hillside but also the neighborhood below. People wanted to hike the butte for exercise yet they parked their cars at the very base, where a sign clearly say “no parking”. Everyone preaches about the wildlife and nature in this valley, yet the wildflowers and bushes that practically grow in some peoples back yard get tromped on. Oh, and the deer that once frequented it in the fall and winter are much fewer in number. They don’t even come down to eat the thrown out Christmas Trees anymroe. Also, I wont miss the dogs that run amuk on the streets and in my own yard.

    People are always wanting to protect their own property around here. However they have very little respect for the property of others. The idea of a fence is nice, but lets be honest, it’s not going to stop most people because they simply don’t care. It will most likely take the work of local law enforcement issuing tickets for trespassing to prevent people from using the butte.

    • Penelope

      May 8, 2013 at 10:14 am

      I agree 100 %. People acted like it was their right to hike that butte, regardless of the people who have to drive and or walk through that neighborhood. They made it quite miserable. And now the plants that used to grow at the base of the butte are, as you said, trompled by careless people parking their cars for exercise (ironic much?)

  4. Common Sence

    May 8, 2013 at 4:42 pm

    The Olivers where very generous- the public sucked— Private lands impeded without permission- dogs off leash- trash- parking on road– Biggest bunch of hypocrites in the world live here- cant walk from two paved public lots instead drive right to sighnage- park on or off road and screw everyone else- used to be over 100 deer winter in that butte and have been chased off by dogs – people- mountain bikes. Trespassing in wyoming can be a felony yet all these transplants go and do as they please- On one hand hand I hate to see it go on the other maybe some of these rude hypocrites will learn a lesson and I will once again have wildlife to view on the butte. I’m just waiting for a hunter or GW Bush to be forced to take the blame for this mess— you can bet the environmentalists that used it to death won’t—-

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