Mind you, I realize this is a great tragedy for this woman's family (especially the children), but no surprise at the backlash on social media about this, and the consequences of taking huge risks despite the numerous signs along the trail warning of the danger. I haven't been on this trail myself, but I've seen images on FB and elsewhere that display the warning signs. If you scroll through the long thread of comments on this FB thread, you'll see some good examples.
Now we FF to later in the week, and the woman's family strikes back with a hint of saber rattling and lawyering up (mere speculation at this point).
The closure comes after the family of the woman who died, Anna L. Santana of Moreno Valley, Calif., criticized officials for not doing more to keep people away from the dangerously unstable ice caves.
And right after that, the US Forest Service has to make the difficult decision to close a very popular, family friendly hiking trail.
Thoughts? Yes, I'm sad that people were hurt and a mother lost her life, but to close it down to everyone? So, if I come to a trailhead and there's a big sign saying there's Cougar activity and enter at my own risk and I end up getting attacked, I'm going to blame my injuries (or death!), on the Forest Service? The idiots at the Grand Canyon in 4" heels going outside the safety rails to the very tip of the canyon in 4" heels (I've seen it - the 4" heels, not a fall), and they lose their balance and tumble down, does that mean they have to shut the entire canyon down so stupid people don't have an opportunity to hurt themselves?