Hurricane Ridge Visitor Center in Olympic National Park often sees big crowds and full parking lots. A large proposed gate fee increase at several national parks, including Olympic and Mount Rainier, will help thin crowds and address deferred maintenance. But that doesn’t make it a good idea. Jeffrey P. Mayor News Tribune file photo
Hurricane Ridge Visitor Center in Olympic National Park often sees big crowds and full parking lots. A large proposed gate fee increase at several national parks, including Olympic and Mount Rainier, will help thin crowds and address deferred maintenance. But that doesn’t make it a good idea. Jeffrey P. Mayor News Tribune file photo

Hiking national parks good; hiking entry fees bad

November 25, 2017 12:53 PM

UPDATED November 25, 2017 06:14 PM