New Mount Rainier National Park policy will have a substantial impact on winter recreational opportunities.
This year, the road between Longmire and Paradise will not open until 9 a.m. – even in optimum conditions. The gate will be locked each evening at 5 p.m. In past years on a morning with no new snowfall the diligent road crew would often have the road ready to go and the gate open by 6 or 7 a.m.
I hike and snowshoe extensively every winter and can tell you the early morning hours at Paradise are phenomenal. The Camp Muir route is very …