There is now a gate right at the turnoff from Lone Pine Canyon Road that stops you from driving on the dirt road to the parking area. Not a big deal since you only have to walk another 500 feet or so, but there is only parking for a few cars.
"After the first glass, you see things as you wish they were. After the second, you see things as they are not. Finally, you see things as they really are, which is the most horrible thing in the world."
--Oscar Wilde on Absinthe