Lou Dawson, the rather cranky godfather of ski mountaineering in Colorado, has a funny post on his blog www.wildsnow.com today. He hiked into American Lake south of Aspen and saw a ranger sitting by the shore:
"I was amazed. This was one of the few times in decades of wilderness travel that I’ve seen one of our forest stewards anywhere but at a trailhead or in an office," he writes
Seems true to me (not that I think its necessarily the rangers' fault). They always are around the office, but I have never, ever seen a Forest Service employee on local trails or forest roads. What gives? Too much paper work?