Bill proposes to protect state from liability on trails

After recent hiking-related deaths resulting in the closure of several hiking and climbing areas, the state Senate is trying to resolve some state liability concern.

Legislators have introduced a bill, which will return access to several closed sites on Oahu and prevent further closures of public lands.

It would also give the state protection from non-natural hazards on unimproved land such as bolts installed in cliffs, un-sanctioned trails and fixed ropes.

“On a hike, some people install ropes. Those ropes aren’t installed by the state, they’re not very maintained. They could break. Somebody could get hurt,” one person said.

The bill would make amendments to a current law, which already protects the state from natural hazards.

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