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Mount Rainier opens some areas for holiday weekend

Post by Jeff Mayor / The News Tribune on May 20, 2009 at 11:08 am with No Comments »
May 20, 2009 11:08 am

Here is the latest update from Mount Rainier National Park regarding facility openings in time for Memorial Day weekend:


OHANAPECOSH CAMPGROUND: Loops A, B, and C at will open to the public at noon Friday. If maintenance crews are able to get the remainder of more than 100 trees that fell in the campground during the winter cleaned up, Loop D may open as well, said acting superintendent Randy King. If Loop D opens it will not have restrooms or water available.


OHANAPECOSH VISITOR CENTER: Opens at noon Friday.


COUGAR ROCK CAMPGROUND: Will not be open in time for the weekend. Two to three feet of snow remains on the ground, covering campsites.


STEVENS CANYON ROAD: From the west side of the park will be open to

Reflection Lakes and from the east side to the Grove of the Patriarchs.

During efforts to reopen the road, additional damage was discovered betweenBox Canyon and Backbone Ridge, King said. Once park crews

repair this area, visitors will be able to drive as far as Backbone Ridge from the west.

The major storm damage repairs on Stevens Canyon, at milepost 14.1, will begin in June with expected completion by mid-August. The road will remain closed to through traffic until the repair is done.


WHITE RIVER ROAD: The road to the White River Campground will open Friday. There will be no water available. The campground is scheduled to open June 26.


CARBON RIVER ROAD: Open to hikers only due to storm damage.


CHINOOK PASS: Although the state tries to have Highway 410 open over the 5,430 foot pass, crews have only recently started clearning the snow. The latest update from the Washington State Department of Transportation says "it is still too early to predict an opening date."


FACILITIES CURRENTLY OPEN: Include Paradise Inn, National Park Inn and General Store, the Henry M. Jackson Memorial Visitor Center, Longmire Museum and Paradise Guide House.

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