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    Quote Originally Posted by peakbagger View Post
    I was at Lafayette place last summer at 7:30 on a weekend last summer and the lot was just about full. Various groups have wised up and have shifted their start times earlier so the start of the conga line on the ridge just shifts earlier.
    The shuttle isn't applicable when the lot is "just about full". Rather, (1) the lot has to *completely* fill up, (2) turned-away drivers need to get to the offsite lot and park, (3) they need to spend 10-20 minutes (seriously!) getting out of their cars, stretching, finishing breakfast/pre-hydrating, booting up, getting their gear in order, packing their food, (4) a few minutes need to pass so that 11 folks [a busload] can accumulate, and you're at 8:30. If demand does actually shift earlier than this, the park would obviously respond by pulling the start time forward.

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    Quote Originally Posted by bikehikeskifish View Post
    Walking from the parking lot at Cannon (Peabody Lot) around the loop and back adds about 7.2 miles From the Tram lot it adds about 5 miles. We are talking about hiking, right? And we do the extra mileage in winter when roads are closed... Using the bike path and/or Pemi Trail... Tim
    Pardon the digression, but this brings to mind the irony in the behavior of drivers I often see at the Appalachia lot -- all most likely in for 9 miles or more of serious hiking -- plying the lot from end to end, back and forth, diligently working to secure the closest possible spot to the trailhead.

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    Quote Originally Posted by alexmtn View Post
    plying the lot from end to end, back and forth, diligently working to secure the closest possible spot to the trailhead.
    You mean like parking at the gym before going inside and walking on a treadmill?

    Tim

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