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Paradise area open during holiday weekend

Post by Jeff Mayor / The News Tribune on Feb. 12, 2010 at 10:24 am |
February 12, 2010 10:33 am

The Henry M. Jackson Memorial Visitor Center will be open to the public for the President’s Day weekend – Saturday through Monday.

The visitor center offers exhibits, a park movie, gifts and food service.  Visitor center hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Ranger-led snowshoe walks will be conducted each day at 12:30 p.m. and 2:30 p.m. The walks last about two hours, traverse about 1.2 miles and are limited to 25 people (8 years or older) on a first-come, first-served basis. Sign up at the visitor center information desk one hour before each walk. Snowshoes are provided, but a donation of $4 is suggested. Visitors who want to take the snowshoe trek should wear layers of warm clothes, hats, mittens, suitable boots, sunglasses and sunscreen.

The snow play area has two tubing runs in place. This is the only area in the park where sliding and sledding are permitted. Use only inner tubes, plastic sleds, saucers, or other soft sledding devices. An air compressor is available during snow play hours at the upper parking lot restroom.

Thanks to new snow today, Paradisenow has 115 inches on the ground, about 80 percent of the average normal amount.

Visitors are reminded that all vehicles should carry tire chains when in the mountains. For road conditions, call 360-569-2211.

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