Visitors to Mount Rainier National Park will again be able to ride free visitor shuttles into the park from Ashford, and from Longmire and Paradise during the summer.
The shuttles will begin running Friday.
On Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays the shuttle will run between Longmire and Paradise with stops at Cougar Rock and Narada Falls on the uphill run, and stopping at Comet Falls and Cougar Rock on the downhill run. At Longmire, visitors can board the shuttle at the historic Longmire Gas Station.
On Saturdays and Sundays, visitors can board the shuttle in Ashford at Whittaker’s Summit Haus on state Route 706, connecting with the Paradise Shuttle in Longmire.
Parking at Paradise is limited due to the popularity of the area and limited parking spaces. Even with both upper and lower Paradise parking lots open this summer, park officials are anticipating parking and traffic will be congested at Paradise. Visitors who choose to drive should expect traffic and long waits to get a parking space.
This free service is made possible through grants from the Boeing Corporation, U.S. Department of Transportation Federal Transit
Administration’s Transit in Parks Program and from park entrance fees.
The shuttle service will run through Sept. 5.