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Tag: Longmire


Beat the heat at Mount Rainier

People looking to Mount Rainier National Park as an escape from the  current heatwave, best be prepared for a challenging hike.

The National Weather Service forecast for Longmire (2,700 feet elevation) calls for a high Tuesday of 90 degrees. At Paradise, (5,400 feet), the high is expected to be 82 degrees. It is a Camp Muir, at 10,188 feet and a 4-5 hour hike from Paradise, where temperatures will reach a cool 50 degrees.


Sunrise opens Friday at Mount Rainier, other areas to follow

The highest point in Mount Rainier National Park that can be reached by vehicle will open ahead of schedule Friday.

Warm weather has helped melt snow, allowing staff to open Sunrise Road and Sunrise Lodge early. The visitor center is scheduled to open July 3.

The Paradise, Longmire, Ohanapecosh and Carbon River ares of the park are already open for the season. The Narada Falls trail is also open, but may close periodically due to construction.

The Cougar River Campground opens Thursday and the White River Campground follows Friday.

Mowich Lake Road is open Wednesday, July 3, but about three

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Check road conditions before heading to Mount Rainier this weekend

While the lure of playing in fresh snow might be hard to avoid, people planning to head to Mount Rainier National Park should check on road conditions before they leave home.

More than seven inches of new snow has accumulated at Paradise in the last 24 hours. There are now 155 inches of snow on the ground at the park’s most popular winter play area.

But with a winter storm warning in effect through Saturday morning, the road from Longmire to Paradise never opened.

The parks also was requiring vehicles to use tire chains or four-wheel-drive from Kautz Creek to

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Mount Rainier forced to close Nisqually road because of trees down

Officials at Mount Rainier National Park released this announcement earlier this morning:

Until further notice the road to Longmire is closed at the Nisqually entrance due to numerous trees down on the road. A winter storm warning is in effect through 10 a.m. Wednesday. Always check road and weather conditions prior to visiting the park.


Surviving on the mountain topic of Wednesday’s fireside chat

Ranger Fawn Bauer will talk Wednesday about survival on Mount Rainier, looking at strategies used by plants, animal and humans.

Bauer’s talk is part of Mount Rainier National Park’s new Fireside Chat. The brief and informal programs will be held each Wednesday at 1:30 p.m. at the National Park Inn at Longmire.

The program is free, but admission to the park is $15 per vehicle.


Mount Rainier rangers hold Wednesday fireside chat programs


Rangers will be offering Fireside Chats, a new informal winter program at Mount Rainier National Park, beginning this afternoon at the National Park Inn.

Staffers will be giving the free, informal presentations at 1:30 p.m. each Wednesday at the hotel at Longmire. The topics of the short presentations will vary from week to week.

The chats begin today with a program by Karen Thompson on the park’s wilderness area.

Park visitors are reminded that the road from Longmire to Paradise is not open Tuesdays and Wednesdays.


Winter has arrived at Rainier. Roads starting to close in national park

Mount Rainier National Park has started closing roads as snow is now falling as low as Longmire.

According to the park’s website, the following roads are now closed for the season.

– Mowich Lake Road

– Sunrise Road

– White River Road to the campground.

Starting Nov. 1, all vehicle in the park will be required to carry tire chains.

Park officials expect State Routes 410 and 123 Nov. 26 and Chinook Pass on Nov. 13.


Storm keeps road above Longmire closed today, park aims to open snowplay area for weekend

UPDATED 10:29 A.M.

Mount Rainier National Park officials just announced the road to Paradise will remain closed at Longmire today.

The latest winter storm has brought 7-9 inches of new snow to Paradise, and more is expected today. The current National Weather Service forecast is calling for another 12-20 inches of snow today and tonight at Paradise.

Despite today’s closure, the park is planning for Paradise and the snowplay area to be open for the entire weekend, said Chief Ranger Chuck Young.

“The only thing that would prevent that would be if weather and snow is so extreme

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