Visitors will have more places to go, sort of, at Mount Rainier National Park starting Thursday.
The road to Sunrise, Sunrise Lodge, snack bar and visitor center will open Thursday. Don’t plan to do much hiking there, however. A park news release said there is 3 to 10 feet of snow still on the ground and trails in the area are generally inaccessible.
Also scheduled to open Thursday is the the White River Campground. That might be delayed because silt from the heavy snow melt is clogging the water system. The release said park maintenance staff are hoping to have the system operating and tested by Thursday. For updates on the campground, call the park at 360-569-2211.
Elsewhere in the park, Mowich Lake Road is open to the Paul Peak Trailhead. Up to 8 feet of snow remains on the road beyond Paul Peak.
Carl Fabiani told me last night that visitors should expect to find snow, lots of it in many places, on any trail above 3,500 to 4,000 feet in elevation.