Bunny Flat parking area can certainly be crowded, as you can see in the image to the right. We tried to miss the Memorial Day crowds by climbing the mountain a week earlier, but it seems as though many others had the same idea.
But not all people were setting out to climb the mountain, because there were several folks that came there to snowboard, ski, or just plain enjoy the fresh new snow. Nevertheless, the crowded area forced us to park well down the road in order to get a place to put our vehicle for the weekend. Under the above conditions, we found ourselves in the snow as soon as we left the pavement, and rarely saw any soil until we returned to this area a day later.
On a positive note, the snow cover gave us direct access to our midway camping spot at Lake Helen. It made it so we did not have to wind around on a trail that only becomes useful later on in the year. Trails provide quick access to destinations, while cross country travel through rocks, branches, and other such obstacles requires extra time and energy. On our trip we had good snow cover and all the above mentioned problems of cross country travel were no problem at all. The ample snow cover provided a smooth path over them.