That only served campground visitors. They explicitly said there was no room for public parking in the campground. A shuttle from the campground would have been a lot of cost to serve a tiny number of people. I love the idea of a shuttle from Ashford, but not from Cougar Rock.
As I read the plan, the shuttle was open to everyone, not just campers. Parking was at the picnic area, not the campground. The reservation system for Paradise would still be in effect, but at least those without a reservation could still enjoy this part of the park. Here's the Alternate 3 proposal from the "Nisqually to Paradise Corridor Draft Management Plan EA":
ALTERNATIVE 3: SITE-LEVEL ACCESS MANAGEMENT WITH COUGAR ROCK TO PARADISE SHUTTLE
Under alternative 3, reservations would be required to access Paradise lots, and a shuttle service would be provided from the Cougar Rock picnic area parking lot to Paradise. Paradise and other key destinations would continue to be accessed primarily by private vehicle. Visitors without a Paradise reservation would be able to park at the Cougar Rock picnic area parking lot and ride to Paradise via the new shuttle. This shuttle may be operated by the National Park Service, a commercial services provider, or a partnership organization. Parking reservations at Paradise would be included upon implementation of this alternative, and reservations for parking at other locations in the park would be evaluated as an adaptive strategy per monitoring of indicators. A reservation system for private vehicles would be implemented at the White River entrance during peak visitor use times.
The shuttle would initially be available on a first-come, first-served basis. If parking demand at Cougar Rock exceeds supply, the park would expand the parking reservation system to include the shuttle parking lot or may require a reservation for the shuttle.
I also worry about the effect this will have on the Mowich entrance which already has been really struggling with overuse for a loooong time.
Yet another place you have to give Booz Allen $$ to recreate on public lands. Sigh.
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