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Tag: Paradise

July
2nd

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.

June
26th

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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Feb.
22nd

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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Feb.
15th

Couple who survived deadly Rainier storm getting married tomorrow in Whistler, B.C.

In the last line of a story I wrote last winter about a couple who survived a deadly storm on Mount Rainier, I shared a quote from Josephine Johnson of Lacey about her boyfriend of eight months.

“He is so amazing,” Johnson said of Jim Dickman, who lives in Vancouver, Wash. “I’m going to marry this man.”

Tomorrow she’ll make good on that promise when the couple plans to wed in Whistler, B.C. “Pique,” a Whistler news magazine, profiled the outdoor-lovers on its website yesterday, Valentine’s Day.

After the wedding the couple plans to celebrate with a bobsled ride

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Oct.
16th

Ski season growing closer as resorts report first dusting of snow; snow at Paradise as well

The skiing and snowboarding season is still likely more at least a month away, but this morning resorts started reporting their first dustings of snow.  Stevens Pass and White Pass are both reporting snow this morning.  Some other ski areas around the Northwest reported snow last week.

It might just be time to start tuning skis.

Here’s a picture from White Pass:

There was a dusting of snow at Mount Rainier National Park as well this morning. The parking lot and walkways at Paradise had a light layer of snow, according to webcam images.

Aug.
14th

Bear and cubs wandering near Paradise

Visitors to Paradise at Mount Rainier National Park this weekend got the chance to view a bear and cubs wandering below the road in Paradise Valley. The bears were far below, at a safe distance and definitely too far for visitors to feed them (don’t even try this with marmots let alone bears, by the way).

Sadly, I only had a small point-and-shoot camera in pack and these are the best pics I could get. Let me know if you snapped something better and we can share the pictures here on the blog.

July
30th

Rescues, gunshot reports keep Mount Rainier staff busy on July 21

A number of incidents on July 21 had staffers at Mount Rainier National Park busy, according to a report released this morning.

It began when a 42-year old man who had taken a short fall near the Disappointment Cleaver walked into the Camp Muir high camp in mid-afternoon seeking help from the climbing rangers. They immediately provided care and organized a litter evacuation of the climber down the Muir Snowfield.

Fifteen minutes later, park dispatch received a 911 call from a concerned parent who reported that her 16-year-old son was climbing with a church group on the Muir Snowfield

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July
24th

Mount Rainier National Park requesting public review of Nisqually to Paradise road project

A request for public review issued Thursday afternoon by Mount Rainier National Park:

Mount Rainier National Park Superintendent Randy King has announced that an
environmental assessment has been prepared for the Nisqually to Paradise
Road Rehabilitation project.

The roadway begins at the Nisqually Entrance and continues for 17.6 miles
to Paradise.  The road work would take place in two phases, each phase
lasting two years. The first phase extends from the Nisqually Entrance
(milepost 0.0 to milepost 6.5) and is scheduled to start as early as
2013-2014.  This phase may also include reconstruction of

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