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I think I've asked this before but does anyone know of someone who has got *caught* skiing inside the crater at Mt. St. Helens or Crater Lake? Do they face prison time or just a fine? Is there an NPS person on this forum that can tell me the statute one is violating for doing so? Asking for a friend... 

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buddy buddy, surely the fine isn't more than the $700 MSHI crookedly charges, in cahoots with the FS, to access the crater! http://www.mshinstitute.org/explore/into-the-crater.html

I don't think you'd see jail time. I believe the below section's are relevant, though I'm no lawyer. $500 fine / 6 months in jail. Which is funny, it's like giving a child a punishment of standing in the corner for 30 minutes, or cutting off one of their toes. $500 != 6 month in jail. The only way I could see getting 6 months in jail would be if you planned a commercial venture for a movie or something, or did some gross effort where you coordinated resources to go to the area and despoil it, do some evil kenevil type thing, ride a specialized dune buggy down crater lake's walls then it turns into a diesel sub and powers under water to explore, etc.

https://www.law.cornell.edu/cfr/text/36/261.53

https://www.law.cornell.edu/cfr/text/36/261.1b

https://www.law.cornell.edu/uscode/text/16/551

 

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My top bucketlist "caper" would be to ski inside the crater at Crater Lake, deploy a raft, paddle to Wizard Island, then ski from Wizard Island's summit... and.... fly away via helicopter?? sweeeeeeeeeeeeeet.  

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Looks like a cool place for a couple runs.  Landing in a hot air balloon would be even better

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