Different yes, but from a legal perspective, the Forest Office would be extremely vulnerable and liable to a civil suit if their "modifications" and "decommissioning" resulted in injury or worse. The actions of the enforcement officer in this case are certainly not criminal, but legally ill-advised.
It is a known route, with a rewarding destination, closely adjacent to well-used areas, a new twist and social media prominence. Hell yes, people will go there! The deliberate actions of the officials increased the hazard of the route, thus there really is some liability for the lawyers to create billable hours from.