The forest understory in the immediate vicinity of Devil's Pool is horrifically degraded. From Forbidden Drive on the opposite bank of the creek, one can see how the soils have become almost completely denuded and compacted as a result of the picnickers' tendency to crash and stomp their way around instead of remaining on the established trails. To those who are not long-time users of the park, it wouldn't be immediately apparent where the actual trails are (or were). Whenever it rains, these soils are carried off into the creek. In my opinion, this is the most devastated area in the entire Wissahickon gorge. There is no infrastructure to accommodate the hundreds of people that can congregate here on hot summer weekends, which is a problem because the people cannot be blamed for wanting to visit this unique and inviting spot. They can, however, be blamed for their conduct whilst there, which often is indefensible and ought to be punished. A plan that recognizes the innate attraction so many have for this spot must be enacted so that the impact of visitors on its environment can be mitigated and managed in a way that promotes forest regeneration and soil retention. More immediately, I think the strict enforcement of swimming prohibitions would go a long way towards reducing the crowds -- primarily composed of daredevils and buffoons showing off by leaping off the high rocks into the waters below.