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Mount Rainier begins work for spring openings

Post by Jeff Mayor / The News Tribune on March 27, 2009 at 10:58 am with No Comments »
March 27, 2009 10:58 am

Even though there are more than 165 inches of snow on the ground at Paradise, Mount Rainier National Park staff is preparing for the transition to spring operations.


The public snow play area at Paradise will close for the season on April 5. The area will be staffed through Sunday, and will remain open but unstaffed Monday through April 5. Beginning April 6, inner tubing runs will no longer be available because the equipment will be moved to other areas of the park to assist in spring opening.

The ranger-led snow shoe walks will also end on Sunday.

The new Henry M. Jackson Memorial Visitor Center will be open weekends only until May 4, when it will begin seven-day-a-week operations.


If you are traveling between Longmire and Paradise this spring, expect up to 20 minute traffic delays where the road was damaged in January.

An avalanche wiped out part of the uphill lane on Glacier Hill. Delays are expected to be minimal until construction repairs begin. Repair work will start when weather and snow conditions permit.


Here are projected opening dates for facilities and roads around the park. Visitors should note that the dates are just projections based on current conditions and schedules, and are subject to change.

Highway 410/Cayuse Pass April 24 (tentative)

Highway 123 at the park boundary April 24 (tentative)

Henry M. Jackson Memorial Visitor Center (7 days/week) May 4

Paradise Inn May 15

White River Road to campground parking lot May 20

Highway 410/Chinook Pass May 22

Cougar Rock Campground and Picnic Area noon on May 22

Wilderness Information Center–Longmire May 22

Ohanapecosh Campground noon on May 22

Paradise Valley Road May 22

Ohanapecosh Visitor Center May 23

Paradise Picnic Area June 19

White River Campground noon on June 26

Sunrise Road June 26

Mowich Lake Road July 3

Sunrise Lodge July 3

Sunrise Visitor Center July 3

Click here for up-to-date information and conditions or call 360-569-2211 for recorded information.

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