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Connecticut school shooting stirs sad memories at Mount Rainier National Park

For Chuck Young, chief ranger at Mount Rainier National Park, tragedies like today’s elementary school shooting in Connecticut stir awful memories.

It was less than a year ago that his staff responded to a gunman in Mount Rainier National Park. When law enforcement ranger Margaret Anderson stopped the man, Benjamin Colton Barnes, on the morning of Jan. 1 she was shot and killed. Barnes fled into Rainier’s unforgiving wilderness where he was found dead, drowned in Paradise River, the next morning.

Some, including Young, believe Anderson’s actions may have prevented a Barnes from shooting park visitors at Paradise.

While park

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Snow depth piling up at Paradise

The snowplay area at Paradise is scheduled to open Dec. 15, assuming there is enough snow on the ground. And if conditions continue as they are, there should be plenty of snow by then.

“We look for at least 5 feet of snow before we can safely open the area,” said Chuck Young, chief ranger at Mount Rainier.

As of this morning, after more than a foot of new snow, there was 5w inches of snow on the ground at Paradise.

Remember that park visitors are required to have tire chains when driving into the park during the winter.


Roadwork forces closure of a portion of Narada Falls Trail

A section of Narada Falls Trail will be closed Mondays-Saturdays through Sept. 21 due to rock fall hazard during work on Stevens Canyon Road at Mount Rainier National Park. The closure took effect today.

The trail will be closed from the bridge where it intersects the Longmire-Paradise Road to its intersection with the Wonderland Trail, and includes the short trail spur from the Narada Falls restroom down to the falls viewpoint, said chief ranger Chuck Young.

During the closure, hikers will not be able to access the Narada Falls parking lot by hiking from Paradise down via the Lakes

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New rule could give mountain bikers more access to National Parks, Rainier not likely to be impacted

A new plan that would give mountain bikers more access to national parks, will have almost no impact on Mount Rainier National Park, chief ranger Chuck Young said this afternoon.

“It’s not even on the table,” Young said, noting that 97 percent of the park is designated wilderness.

The National Park Service announced Thursday it will expand bicycle access but will continue to prohibit bikes in wilderness areas.

“Bikes are a great way to exercise, get healthy, and experience the great outdoors,” National Park Service Director Jon Jarvis said in a prepared statement. “This new rule gives park superintendents greater

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Nick Hall: Incident response teams starting to leave Rainier

Members of incident response teams began leaving Mount Rainier National Park Monday night, 12 days after the death of climbing ranger Nick Hall.

Chief ranger Chuck Young said the team managing the incident left the park Monday but climbing rangers from around the country remain to assist on the mountain.

Hall fell to his death while assisting with the rescue of four climbers on June 21. A memorial was held on June 29, but Hall’s body remains on the mountain. Poor weather and the threat of avalanche has kept rangers from recovering Hall.

Young says forecasts for Thursday and Friday

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

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

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