Reality is if they parked at the first turn before going up the hill, the walk is no further than coming off the West Side Road.
2nd hard left, it's only 200 yards from there. Surprisingly close. Google earth gives a nice vantage of how close to the road it is, and it is only a 4 minute bushwhack if you know where it is.
It's .6 miles (or 1054 yards) from the trail head on West Side Rd, so the shwack is 5 times shorter distance wise.
That being said, the type of folks that can't find the trail head on West Side Rd don't need to be attempting a 200 yard bushwhack. Plus it's much easier on the wheeled cooler and flipflops to stick to crushed gravel.