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Road to Mount Rainier’s Sunrise area will open Friday morning

Post by Jeff Mayor / The News Tribune on June 21, 2012 at 10:44 am with No Comments »
June 21, 2012 2:03 pm

The road to Sunrise opens Friday morning but visitors to the popular destination in the northeast corner of Mount Rainier National Park should expect few services.

Chief ranger Chuck Young said crews have been able to clear snow from the road and some of the facilities at Sunrise, allowing the road to open. The downside is that there will be minimal services until a week from now.

“They’re working to get the water system going, but it’s not ready,” Young said.

Because of that, there will be no potable water available and the only restroom facilities will be vault and portable toilets.

It takes about two weeks to activate the water system and treat the water in the holding tanks, said superintendent Randy King. While that process has started, he does not anticipate there being potable water until some time next week.

Due to the lack of water and to allow other preparations to be complete, the Sunrise Visitor Center and Sunrise Day Lodge will not open until June 29.

“You always run into some kind of issue at Sunrise,” King said.

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