Hikers take side route as Albion Falls staircase sealed off

News Jun 28, 2017 by Gord Bowes Hamilton Mountain News

The staircase at Albion Falls was sealed off Wednesday morning.

It’s the first of several steps the city is taking to keep people away from unmarked and sometimes precarious trails that lead down to the base of the popular natural attraction on Hamilton’s east Mountain.

Ward 6 Coun. Tom Jackson earlier this week said the city plans to install or extend fencing on the south side of the top of the falls and the north side of the gorge from the sidewalk to the first viewing platform.

No trespassing signs may also be going up, said Jackson, as the city’s legal department has been asked to look at no trespassing signs for the area to give law enforcement officers the authority to lay charges.

Closing the staircase did not seem to deter many hikers Wednesday as they walked up and down a dirt path 20 feet away to bypass the steps.

On Tuesday, an orange snow fence that had been put at the top and bottom of the stairs, along with a ‘Danger Keep out’ sign, was being bypassed by people wanting to get down the gorge for a better view of the falls.

Albion Falls has been the site of two accidental deaths and numerous rescue calls to assist injured or stuck hikers over the past two years.

Hikers take side route as Albion Falls staircase sealed off

Albion Falls has been site of two accidental deaths, numerous rescue calls in past year

News Jun 28, 2017 by Gord Bowes Hamilton Mountain News

The staircase at Albion Falls was sealed off Wednesday morning.

It’s the first of several steps the city is taking to keep people away from unmarked and sometimes precarious trails that lead down to the base of the popular natural attraction on Hamilton’s east Mountain.

Ward 6 Coun. Tom Jackson earlier this week said the city plans to install or extend fencing on the south side of the top of the falls and the north side of the gorge from the sidewalk to the first viewing platform.

No trespassing signs may also be going up, said Jackson, as the city’s legal department has been asked to look at no trespassing signs for the area to give law enforcement officers the authority to lay charges.

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Closing the staircase did not seem to deter many hikers Wednesday as they walked up and down a dirt path 20 feet away to bypass the steps.

On Tuesday, an orange snow fence that had been put at the top and bottom of the stairs, along with a ‘Danger Keep out’ sign, was being bypassed by people wanting to get down the gorge for a better view of the falls.

Albion Falls has been the site of two accidental deaths and numerous rescue calls to assist injured or stuck hikers over the past two years.

Hikers take side route as Albion Falls staircase sealed off

Albion Falls has been site of two accidental deaths, numerous rescue calls in past year

News Jun 28, 2017 by Gord Bowes Hamilton Mountain News

The staircase at Albion Falls was sealed off Wednesday morning.

It’s the first of several steps the city is taking to keep people away from unmarked and sometimes precarious trails that lead down to the base of the popular natural attraction on Hamilton’s east Mountain.

Ward 6 Coun. Tom Jackson earlier this week said the city plans to install or extend fencing on the south side of the top of the falls and the north side of the gorge from the sidewalk to the first viewing platform.

No trespassing signs may also be going up, said Jackson, as the city’s legal department has been asked to look at no trespassing signs for the area to give law enforcement officers the authority to lay charges.

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Closing the staircase did not seem to deter many hikers Wednesday as they walked up and down a dirt path 20 feet away to bypass the steps.

On Tuesday, an orange snow fence that had been put at the top and bottom of the stairs, along with a ‘Danger Keep out’ sign, was being bypassed by people wanting to get down the gorge for a better view of the falls.

Albion Falls has been the site of two accidental deaths and numerous rescue calls to assist injured or stuck hikers over the past two years.