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Tag: Cayuse Pass


Culvert project will shut state Route 123 at Mount Rainier early next week

State Route 123 through Mount Rainier National Park will be closed temporarily beginning Monday at 7 a.m.

The closure will extend from Cayuse Pass at the intersection with state Route 410, to just north of the Shriner Peak trailhead, approximately seven miles south of Cayuse Pass.

Depending on the weather, park superintendent Randy King said the closures is expected to last until 5 p.m. Tuesday.

Tacoma-based Tucci and Sons, Inc., will be working to replace a 36-inch culvert that runs under the road. In 2009, crews discovered that concrete culvert sections had separated well beneath the road. The Washington

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Cayuse Pass opening delayed until Tuesday

Crews from Washington State Department of Transportation hope to open at noon on Tuesday Cayuse Pass, on state Route 123 on the eastside of Mount Rainier National Park. That is, if the weather allows.

They had hoped to open the pass today, but Thursday’s storm brought more than 6 inches of new snow to the area, forcing the delay.

Plow crews broke a path over the pass more than two weeks ago, but have been working to clear the remaining snow from the roadway. At the pass, snow was at least 12 feet deep, said Kris Olsen, department spokeswoman.


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State shuts Chinook, Cayuse passes for the winter

An early season snow storm, followed by gusty wind conditions, have forced the state Transportation Department to close Chinook and Cayuse passes for the winter because of avalanche danger.

The department says strong winds drifted snow today across both state routes 410 and 123 on the east side of Mount Rainier National Park.

Access to the Crystal Mountain Ski Resort off state Route 410 remains open.

Chinook and Cayuse typically close in November for the winter.


Approaching storm leads WSDOT to shut Cayuse and Chinook passes today

With heavy snow in the forecast, the Washington State Transportation Department has closed Cayuse and Chinook passes for the winter, the Associated Press has reported.

The passes at Mount Rainier typically close for the winter this time of year. They were shut for the season at noon.

The National Weather Service says the snow level will fall below 2,000 feet, and a storm is expected to drop 6 to 20 inches of snow in the Olympics and Cascades through Wednesday.

The forecast for the northeast corner of the park calls for the bulk of the snow to fall on Wednesday.