jasayrevt wrote:awilbur77 wrote:...that people should be considerate when coming or going in the wee hours of the morning, wherever you are. That's all.
This is well said also.
Fellow hikers just need to remember in the early hours of the morning to make as little noise as possible at trailheads. As Anna noted...reasonable noise at a trailhead is going to include engines, cars pulling in, door / trunk noise, assembling gear for the hike, muted discussion amongst the group if it needs to occur, etc. (since 14er trailheads intended purpose is to provide access to a trail that is available for public use).
Looking at this neutrally...I don't really think it's reasonable for anybody to be upset if they are trying to sleep in a TH parking lot, a hiker arrives, makes the minimum noise required to get ready, and proceeds on their hike.
Either camp near the TH (but not at it) within published rules for the area, or pack it in (what doesn't kill you makes you stronger). These are the best options if you elect not to get a hotel or something in a nearby town. As it's been noted, sometimes it's not even within guidelines to be camping at a TH (though most all of us have certainly broken that rule before )
I avoid sleeping at the trail head at all costs. The crappy sleep isn't worth the convenience of sleeping there. I can either backpack in or find a place a few miles away that is nice and quite and actually get a solid amount of sleep. Most TH's have some amount of camping within a 30 minute drive, and that drive is worth it to ensure a good nights sleep. I try to be quiet when I pull up early to a TH or come in late. But its damn near impossible sometimes. I can see it being frustrating, but if you sleep at a TH I think you have to except that you have chosen to sleep in a place that is designed for cars to park. Not for people to sleep. If someone comes storming through your campsite late at night and wakes you up, then that is a whole different story. If you sleep at a TH plop in the ear plugs and hang something in your windows, then the noises and light won't be as much of a bother.