How ironic Dave. One of my daughters and I hiked up Mt. Clinton, down to Mizpah Hut, and back to the road today. It has been awhile since I have been up Crawford Path. That being said, I was surprised at the three signs I saw on the trail telling me about the fragility of plants and where to walk, and where not to drop my pack as to not kill any alpine plants. The more I thought about it I realized that Okay, not all hikers are as experienced or aware of our impact and just maybe the signs had some validity. Well, when I got within about a half mile of the hut the smell of sewage overwhelmed me. Sewage directly attributed to the hut. Upon arriving at the hut I asked the hutmaster if I could scribble my own sign and post it on a tree. He inquired what the sign was about. I told him that I want to warn others that they are entering a shit stink zone and to be careful not to smell the poopies. He laughed, I told him I was serious. Unfortunately Dave we are dumbing down most of our experiences. We have had this conversation before but I believe certain experiences should only be accessible to those that can access them, most certainly the wilderness. If you can't walk there don't go there. Making certain areas more accessible gives people a false sense of security. When the manufactured stairs end and they have to do some scrambling then they are screwed. Every time I go into the mountains I see them. They are one freak hail, snow, or thunder storm away from an epic. When they get hurt the reaction is to dumb down the experience even more. It's a vicious cycle. My guess is that someone got hurt or numerous people complained about the "condition" of the trail. Finally the "authorities" decided to fix the problem.