First, here's what we're working with. [Click images for larger view.]
Note that the access road does *not* actually continue down toward 20 anymore,
although old remnants of the roadbed still appear to exist.
The parking area is an arc-shaped clearing, wide enough for a full face-in/face-out row down either side of its through-road with full parallel access for everyone. It is pre-cleared and inspected for tire hazards before people arrive, and is lit for all of the main arrival and departure nights to make it easier to see what to do.
For better handling of possible issues or emergencies, we would appreciate every owner placing a sign on the dash indicating whose vehicle it is -- possibly including all its keyholders and/or responsible people. What if someone notices your dome light left on? Now they know who to find. If you have a notion of where you're sleeping, that would be useful to include as well.
As a side note, the "steep bit" of the mountain road up the hill is where some drivers have traction trouble. Including yours truly, whose tires are usually up over 50 PSI, but that's just me. Take as much of a run at it as you can from the sharp turn but DO NOT just floor it and spin the wheels, as that gains you nothing. Build a little speed and keep the pressure on through the steep part as it curves -- just enough to keep moving but not slip if possible. Don't stop unless you start hopelessly spinning and wind up unable to move forward, and DON'T TAILGATE each other up this stretch -- let one car make it up at a time, as it may *not* make it and have to back down for another try. Be patient, there's plenty of time. And guidance and/or driving help is available from the staff if needed.
If some amount of drive tire deflation is needed for better gravel traction, a brief stop at the Abode barn near the end of Darrow Road's pavement is a convenient place to let some air out before attacking the final mountain ascent. Be aware of any lowered ground clearance if you do this. Air pumps to restore proper pressure before your eventual departure are available at the top.
The darker green band is the woodsy perimeter of the parking area.
The basic idea is to alternate directions, and get the right-hand [passenger] sides of the vehicles as close together as possible and leave only enough room on the left side for a driver to swing a door open far enough to safely get in and out. Find the end of the row on either side and follow the model to add yourself as the new end. Be patient if others ahead of you are still working their way in. In the narrower parts of the clearing near the middle, it may take a little back-and-forth shuffling to get lined up right.
And like the webpage says -- CARPOOL!
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