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.
SNOWPLAY AND SNOWSHOE WALKS
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.
ROAD REPAIR DELAYS
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.
PROJECTED OPENING DATES
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.