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Mount Rainier shuttle bus service start delayed until June 29

Post by Jeff Mayor / The News Tribune on June 19, 2012 at 2:29 pm |
June 19, 2012 2:39 pm
More than 27,500 people rode the free shuttle bus system at Mount Rainier National Park last year. The start of this year's rides has been delayed until June 29. (Mount Rainier National Park)

Mount Rainier National Park officials just announced that the free shuttle service will begin on June 29 rather than Friday.

“Due to funding, we have chosen to delay the start up date one week, rather than cut the service at the end of the season when the visitation and ridership is higher,” said Donna Rahier, a park spokeswoman.

The park runs two shuttle routes. One will run from Longmire to Paradise on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays. The other route will carry visitors from Ashford to Longmire on Saturdays and Sundays.

The Longmire-to-Paradise shuttle runs every 45 minutes on Fridays and every 20-30 minutes on Saturdays and Sundays. The shuttle stops at Cougar Rock Campground in both directions. Shuttles also stop at Narada Falls on the way to Paradise and at the Comet Falls Trailhead on the return to Longmire. Service begins at Longmire at 10 a.m., with the last bus returning around 7:30 p.m.

The Ashford-to-Longmire shuttle begins service at 9:15 a.m., with buses leaving every 20 minutes until 10:45 a.m., then every 75 minutes thereafter. The last shuttle leaves Ashford at 5 p.m., with the final bus returning from Longmire by 8:15 p.m. The ride is free, but park entrance fees apply.

The schedules are posted at all shuttle stops and on the park’s website.

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