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Hiking Table Mountain will soon come at a cost

"It's a great place, it's worth a fee, but is there anything free anymore? Can the government find anything for free anymore for us?" wonders Lundberg.

Posted: Nov 6, 2017 5:52 PM

"It's very special, people think about Table Mountain, and the flowers, it's a ritual almost to go up there," said Mark Lundberg, a local resident and frequent visitor to the state land North of Oroville.

Overlooking the valley floor, Table Mountain is a well-trekked and well-loved hiking area. And come January 2018, hikers 16-years-old and up will now have to pay to visit it.

"Last year there were thousand and thousands of people coming to our Table Mountain and if they start to charge, there will be less people, and Table Mountain is there for us to enjoy," said another lcoal resident and park visitor, Peggie Adamson.

It's all a part of California's "Lands Pass" program.

"It's a great place, it's worth a fee, but is there anything free anymore? Can the government find anything for free anymore for us?" wonders Lundberg.

The program started up about 30 years ago at other sites, and the money is used for conservation and habitat improvement.

But many say Table Mountain is fine as it is.

"There's not a lot of services they provide there, it's pretty rough, but lets keep it open to the public someway, it's got to be open," said Lundberg.

But the need for funds is state-wide - it comes in part because lately, less people are buying fishing and hunting licenses.

At $4.32 a day, it's not a steep price to pay, but some say it doesn't seem fair.

"It doesn't seem like a lot but it could be a barrier, for some people," said Lundberg.

Especially because tickets aren't sold on location, you have to buy them in advance.

"Someone who comes into town, or first thing in the morning says 'let's go see the wildflowers,' ... you're going to have to plan that in advance now," said Adamson.

Visitors say they can only hope the money goes back into Table Mountain somehow.

"I do see people just walking on the lava tops and walking on the flowers, so more accessible trails would be nice," said Adamson.

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