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Re: Quandary Parking Issue

Postby djkest » Mon Aug 26, 2013 10:08 am

Just for reference. I think the Star is very close to where the TH is.

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Re: Quandary Parking Issue

Postby rlovingjr » Mon Aug 26, 2013 3:55 pm

We were up there Friday and parked in the lower lot just below where you can make the right-hand turn onto 851. (for reference, it is where the porta potties are located)

The trail was busy and there were cars parked along a good bit of 851 from the trailhead back towards the intersection with 850. I did not see any orange signs on cars and we parked in the lower lot. The lower lot was only about half full so there was plenty of room to park there and not on the road. Possibly the law is trying get people to utilize the lower lot rather than park along 851.

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Re: Quandary Parking Issue

Postby MountainHiker » Mon Aug 26, 2013 4:49 pm

On a summer weekend the lower lot overflows. The overflow will go somewhere. The issue is probably Blue Lakes Road being a residential road. The residents would probably rather the overflow be on 851.
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Re: Quandary Parking Issue

Postby BillMiddlebrook » Tue Aug 27, 2013 6:42 am

MountainHiker wrote:On a summer weekend the lower lot overflows. The overflow will go somewhere. The issue is probably Blue Lakes Road being a residential road. The residents would probably rather the overflow be on 851.

Yes.

Since the USFS built the new overflow lot, people encounter it first and find it full so they simply park along the side of the 850 road, just above the overflow lot. Well, before the new lot was constructed, visitors used to drive up to the actual trailhead and park along the 851 road if they found the trailhead parking area to be full. Until the USFS builds a huge lot up on the 851 road, signage needs to be added to the 850 road.

After discussing this with the Sheriff, the issue is on the 850 road, where there are homes. Residents are complaining about people parking in front of their homes.
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Re: Quandary Parking Issue

Postby uwe » Tue Aug 27, 2013 7:34 am

A quandary indeed!.

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Re: Quandary Parking Issue

Postby djkest » Tue Aug 27, 2013 10:22 am

So what you are saying is, there is lots of free parking on the 851 road now?
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Re: Quandary Parking Issue

Postby rlovingjr » Tue Aug 27, 2013 10:32 am

MountainHiker wrote:On a summer weekend the lower lot overflows. The overflow will go somewhere. The issue is probably Blue Lakes Road being a residential road. The residents would probably rather the overflow be on 851.



BillMiddlebrook wrote:
Since the USFS built the new overflow lot, people encounter it first and find it full so they simply park along the side of the 850 road, just above the overflow lot. Well, before the new lot was constructed, visitors used to drive up to the actual trailhead and park along the 851 road if they found the trailhead parking area to be full. Until the USFS builds a huge lot up on the 851 road, signage needs to be added to the 850 road.

After discussing this with the Sheriff, the issue is on the 850 road, where there are homes. Residents are complaining about people parking in front of their homes.


That makes sense - thanks for the feedback

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