"Every so often I get a mouthful of bitter," Ajian said.
That didn't stop him from acting out what he described as a deep sense of dedication and respect for the terrain that overlooked his home. Like many who used the reserve's four main hiking trails, he expressed frustration with the decision to reopen only a small portion of the park.
Park officials estimated it would take more than 1,000 hours to clear and rebuild the reserve's main trails. Because the effort would be threatened by winter storms, they'll begin the work when the soil stabilizes next spring.