Re: “Carbon River Road decision sensible” (letter, 2-16).
We contest the writer’s support for closure of the Carbon River Road.
From the perspective of most visitors to the Carbon River Valley, the decision to close the road is equivalent to being banned from experiencing a treasured area at Mount Rainier.
The tens of thousands of area visitors will likely shrink to a few thousand. The tens of thousands of others losing this treasure will be many families with small children; classes of schoolchildren having the chance to see a glacier face to face; and many others who do not have the ability, time or inclination to make an overnight trip into the wilderness.
Most visitors to Mount Rainier are day users, and classic wilderness destinations at Carbon River will no longer be available for day use.
The proposed road repair cost of $10 million could be argued as money well spent given the priceless experiences to be found there.
It is possible for Mount Rainier National Park staff to repair the Carbon River road now and after floods, as they have for many years, for a fraction of the proposed repair cost. The road would remain primitive but usable to most vehicles.
The loss of a road and campground is regressive, and restricting access to a special part of Mount Rainier is certainly not in the best interest of the visitor.