Page 1 of 4 1234 LastLast
Results 1 to 15 of 48

Thread: Lafayette Place Parking and Shuttle

  1. #1
    Senior Member
    Join Date
    Sep 2003
    Location
    Gorham NH
    Posts
    5,866

    Lafayette Place Parking and Shuttle

    Looks like the state is getting more serious about preventing overflow parking along the parkway this year

    https://www.concordmonitor.com/hiker...tains-25734811

    I haven't been though since the pylons went up but someone who did said they go from Lafayette Place all the way to the Boise Rock pull out.

    I wonder if the next step is towathon.

    IMHO, they may need to start the shuttles earlier in the AM. I saw some weekend days last year where the parking lots were full up at 8:00 am.

  2. #2
    Senior Member sierra's Avatar
    Join Date
    Nov 2004
    Location
    New hampshire
    Posts
    2,605
    I may be dreaming, but I hope it cuts down on the number of hikers assaulting the ridge.

  3. #3
    Senior Member TJsName's Avatar
    Join Date
    Mar 2013
    Location
    'Springtime' on the Carters (Somerville, MA)
    Posts
    1,935
    Why is there a guard rail on this stretch? Seems like overkill. Is it just because it's an interstate?
    | 63.0% W48: 19/48
    Trail Adopter of the Guinea Pond Trail

  4. #4
    Senior Member DayTrip's Avatar
    Join Date
    May 2013
    Location
    Woodstock, CT
    Posts
    2,561
    At least it is getting actively shared on various websites, Facebook groups, etc. I've seen this info in at least 5 different places. Hopefully that will reach enough of an audience to make the situation more manageable. Now we need to see if the 1,000 hiker a day weekends can be effectively handled by the shuttles.
    NH 48 4k: 48/48; NH W48k: 46/48; NY 46: 6/46

  5. #5
    Moderator bikehikeskifish's Avatar
    Join Date
    Oct 2006
    Location
    New Hampshire
    Posts
    5,589
    The text I have seen recommends that drivers drop off passengers in order to minimize the number of shuttle riders. Also, at least for now, dogs are welcome on the shuttle.

    Tim
    Bike, Hike, Ski, Sleep. Eat, Fish, Repeat.

  6. #6
    Senior Member ChrisB's Avatar
    Join Date
    Sep 2003
    Location
    KoKo Head Direct About 1024 Steps one way
    Posts
    721
    Quote Originally Posted by bikehikeskifish View Post
    The text I have seen recommends that drivers drop off passengers in order to minimize the number of shuttle riders. Also, at least for now, dogs are welcome on the shuttle.

    Tim
    And if you think you might be able to sneak your car in somehow...

    Click image for larger version. 

Name:	park.jpg 
Views:	216 
Size:	107.9 KB 
ID:	6207

    These folks are serious!
    Nobody told me there'd be days like these
    Strange days indeed -- most peculiar, mama
    .

  7. #7
    Senior Member
    Join Date
    Sep 2003
    Location
    Gorham NH
    Posts
    5,866
    A friend driving up in the AM yesterday reported that the windy conditions overnight blew many of the cones over into the side of the road.

  8. #8
    Senior Member gram's Avatar
    Join Date
    Oct 2006
    Location
    North of Boston, Avatar, Rocky Mt NP
    Posts
    178
    And if you look carefully at ChrisB's pic, so many signs, cones, and ropes!

    It's a shame the parkway is disfigured.
    gram

  9. #9
    Senior Member TJsName's Avatar
    Join Date
    Mar 2013
    Location
    'Springtime' on the Carters (Somerville, MA)
    Posts
    1,935
    Quote Originally Posted by peakbagger View Post
    A friend driving up in the AM yesterday reported that the windy conditions overnight blew many of the cones over into the side of the road.
    I was wondering if Moose might drag them around too.
    | 63.0% W48: 19/48
    Trail Adopter of the Guinea Pond Trail

  10. #10
    Senior Member KV's Avatar
    Join Date
    Apr 2012
    Location
    South of the notches
    Posts
    144
    Last weekend when I went through the State Police were ticketing speeders that (I presume) had been clocked by aircraft as the SB trooper had 2 people pulled over at the same time.

    Today when I went thru I saw the signs, the cones, the ropes. They do not go all the way to the Boise Rock pull-off so I wonder how long before someone parks there. But, my thoughts are that yes, it is a blight on the landscape, but regardless of what one thinks about the state's motivation, supported or not by safety statistics I am hopeful that the least that will come of this is the Franconia Ridge gets a little less wear and tear. I wonder how long those silly cones will be in place - I'm thinking only long enough for drivers/parkers to get the message. The signs are overkill enough.
    Life is a trip. Pack Accordingly.

  11. #11
    Senior Member TCD's Avatar
    Join Date
    Aug 2004
    Posts
    1,819
    Same thing happening over here in the Adirondacks. It's a blight, for sure.

    Last year's "pilot" effort was a dismal failure (I live right here in Keene. I personally observed all this.):
    1. Unsightly.
    2. Actually did nothing to reduce wear and tear on the trails. The same numbers of people came to the same trails (NY is pushing out tons of tourism promotion for the Adirondacks all over the northeast US).
    3. Most importantly, and concerning, because of the ill advised parking changes these same people walked much further along dangerous stretches of 55mph highway to get to their trailheads. So the result was a greatly increased pedestrian traffic hazard. We were just lucky that no one got killed by a car last year. And that's it - just lucky.

    Of course locals have written to their representatives begging for the State to reconsider. But this year they are forging ahead mindlessly with more of the same.

    All this money would be better spent on maintenance and/or re-routing of heavily used trails, building more parking areas, hiker education, and Forest Ranger enforcement.

    The kicker will come when someone gets killed by a car, walking the extra mile on the highway that the State is forcing them to walk, after bringing them here to hike whatever trail with tourist promotion. That will be an interesting case.

  12. #12
    Moderator bikehikeskifish's Avatar
    Join Date
    Oct 2006
    Location
    New Hampshire
    Posts
    5,589
    Waiting for the "unintended consequences"... where will the spillover flood next?!? Garfield and the Twins seem likely candidates. I don't think most people are fond of waiting for a shuttle these days.

    Tim
    Bike, Hike, Ski, Sleep. Eat, Fish, Repeat.

  13. #13
    Senior Member HockeyPuck's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jun 2004
    Location
    South Pole
    Posts
    247
    I drove through on Friday afternoon and the state was placing sand bags on the base of each ’cone’ to keep them stable. I always hit the trails early and am usually halfway up a mountain at 8 am when the shuttle starts running. Personally, I’d like a better solution.

    I’m coming from the south and driving North through Franconia Notch. I’d like a way to know if the Lafayette Place (southbound) lot is full as I’m traveling north (so I can stop at Cannon parking). I don’t want to drive through Franconia notch, turn around at 34c, drive south to learn Lafayette Place is full, continue south to turn around at exit (33 or 34a), drive north again checking for a space at the Falling Waters/OBP trailhead and if full, continuing through notch again to 34c. I’m glad I’m only passing through because attempting to stop and park makes no sense.

  14. #14
    Senior Member DayTrip's Avatar
    Join Date
    May 2013
    Location
    Woodstock, CT
    Posts
    2,561
    I did Adams Sunday and heading home through the notch around 5 PM it didn't look like all that many cars were parked in the Cannon lot. It didn't seem that busy anywhere actually. Was anyone here on the Franconia loop? I got to Appalchia just after 7AM and there were many spaces in the lot with only about 6 cars on the road. When I left around 4PM there were still many spots and only a handful of cars on road. I went to Gorham to get some fast food and it was not all that busy for that time on a holiday Sunday. Could the surge in hiker volume finally be peaking? Most of the people I met on the trails were newbies and trail runner types and there weren't all that many. Was pretty surprised at the lack of volume for the holiday with good weather for the most part.
    NH 48 4k: 48/48; NH W48k: 46/48; NY 46: 6/46

  15. #15
    Senior Member
    Join Date
    Jul 2015
    Location
    Lewiston, and Biddeford Maine
    Posts
    631
    I think the message got out about the waist deep snow holding over in the higher peaks. How many rescues have there been this Spring already because of Winter conditions? 7?

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
  •