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Mount Rainier officials announce Paradise road will be closed Tuesdays and Wednesdays

Post by Jeff Mayor / The News Tribune on Nov. 16, 2012 at 8:12 pm |
November 16, 2012 8:16 pm

This notice was posted earlier this evening on the Mount Rainier National Park Facebook page.

Beginning Nov. 27, the road between Paradise and Longmire will be closed to public travel on Tuesdays and Wednesdays. Longmire and the park remains open seven days a week, barring major storm events.

The Longmire visitor information center will also be moving from the Longmire Museum across the street into the historic Administration Building. That is the large building that houses the Wilderness Information Center in the summer. The information center will be open seven days a week from 9:00 a.m.-4:30 p.m.

“We are strategically deploying available park staff and resources to provide access to Paradise Thursday through Monday, the five days of the week with greatest visitation,” superintendent Rany King said of the closure.

Visitation statistics show that Tuesday and Wednesday are, on average, the park’s least visited days, with fewer than 60 visitor vehicles coming through the Nisqually Entrance on a typical winter day, King said.

By focusing staff on fewer days, the park will be better able to provide access and services during times of greatest visitation, including more consistent road plowing and emergency patrols for visitor safety, he said.

The area above Longmire also will be closed to overnight camping on Tuesdays and Wednesdays because safe road access won’t be available.

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