I just came from a photo-op over at the Bump & Grind trail head, where Assemblymen Brian Nestande & V. Manuel Perez spoke briefly about a bill they’re spearheading to re-open the Bump & Grind. The trail, besides having a hilarious name, is favored by Palm Desert hikers because of its variety, challenge, & views. The CA Department of Fish & Game closed the top third of the trail last year claiming a threat to the endangered bighorn sheep population.
A subsequent lawsuit by hiker Blaine Carian compelled the Department of Fish & Game to hand over data showing where bighorn sheet have been tracked using radio collars. Surprise – no sheep near the Bump & Grind! So why was the trail closed? That’s what the Assemblymen want to know. What a shame that it’s taking a lawsuit & government intervention to get a Federal agency to show its hand.