I can see the auto road being closed in June because of a cold spring and therefor no vehicular traffic being on it, but I've always viewed it as a quick and easy way down by foot to safety and shelter, especially after Memorial Day, when compared to some of the other more direct and therefor steeper trails in area, which could become treacherous in those conditions.
*whew* That was one looong sentence.
When you're chewing on life's gristle
Don't grumble, give a whistle
And this'll help things turn out for the best. And always look on the bright side of life.