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PostSun Aug 04, 2019 7:35 pm 
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Recently heard the forest service is banning parking on Eightmile road from Icicle road to the Stuart Lake parking area,effective September 3. Don't know when they plan on announcing it but they apparently made the decision months ago. Estimates are it will eliminate 80% of the cars heading to Colchuck. 1st come, first serve, and permit holders will have to compete with everyone else.
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PostSun Aug 04, 2019 8:40 pm 
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I like it. Although I hope we can still park on Eightmile road near the Bridge Creek campground when the gate is closed.
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PostMon Aug 05, 2019 7:05 pm 
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Well that's one way to cut back on the number one day thru hikers.  I wonder if anyone is going to start offering a shuttle bus service.
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PostMon Aug 05, 2019 7:51 pm 
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Where is the actual info on this action? I didn't see anything at their page.

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PostMon Aug 05, 2019 8:29 pm 
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RandyHiker wrote:
I wonder if anyone is going to start offering a shuttle bus service.

There is, kind of.

Or, as people are sick of hearing me say...stash a bike at the top!  It's almost all downhill.  Yes that means you have to hike in the less popular direction, but so what.  Don't see what the problem with parking is though because the road is plenty wide.  Oh well.  Sounds like it's just a rumor at this point anyway.
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PostMon Aug 05, 2019 8:32 pm 
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There's plenty of grade further along the road where it's blocked. Move the roadblock up a ways and bingo, more parking.

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PostMon Aug 05, 2019 9:08 pm 
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MtnGoat wrote:
There's plenty of grade further along the road where it's blocked. Move the roadblock up a ways and bingo, more parking.

I suspect that the USFS is trying to figure out ways to reduce how many people enter the area without instituting a day hiking quota system.
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PostMon Aug 05, 2019 9:10 pm 
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Look at the Leavenworth mountain association Facebook page. There's some info and a picture of the flyer that is being posted. I don't know how to do links.
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PostMon Aug 05, 2019 9:14 pm 
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RandyHiker wrote:
I suspect that the USFS is trying to figure out ways to reduce how many people enter the area without instituting a day hiking quota system.

That's what I'd guess too.

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PostMon Aug 05, 2019 9:30 pm 
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From the fb page

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The reason given for the closure is that the toilets and garbage at the trailhead are unsanitary. Lack of access for emergency vehicles was also given as a reason.

When it takes effect on Sept 3 I bet you'll see a line of Ubers at the Snow Lakes trailhead.  Good opportunity there.  I'd happily pay $10 for a lift.  Had to beg someone last time when my planned ride was detained by an undercover agent disguised as a goat.
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PostMon Aug 05, 2019 11:37 pm 
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They are probably also considering the parking situation for Eightmile.

I was up there on Saturday. There was a line of parked cars from the Stuart Lake TH parking lot back to the Eightmile parking lot, no parkable gaps.

Somehow I managed to drive past all this, up to an empty spot at the Stuart Lake TH.
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PostTue Aug 06, 2019 10:11 am 
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neek wrote:
When it takes effect on Sept 3 I bet you'll see a line of Ubers at the Snow Lakes trailhead.  Good opportunity there.  I'd happily pay $10 for a lift.  Had to beg someone last time when my planned ride was detained by an undercover agent disguised as a goat.

You had no idea how right you were when you said "it's creepy how many goats there were."

I had the same thought about Uber.  I wonder how that'll go.  They need access to the mother ship and it seems like most are Priuses, but there's an obvious opportunity here.
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PostTue Aug 06, 2019 10:25 am 
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Wow, that would really suck to get lucky and score permits for the Core Zone, but then not be able to have your trip because you can't park your car.
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PostTue Aug 06, 2019 10:33 am 
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Seems like an easy opportunity for a side gig to offer rides from the Snow Lakes Trailhead.  You don't even need to give Uber or Lyft a cut.
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