This editorial will appear in Tuesday’s print edition.
Every once in a while, Mount Rainier reminds those living in her shadow that wilderness has its own rules.
So it was in November 2006 when a Pineapple Express dumped 18 inches of rain in 36 hours, forcing a months-long closure of the national park.
The park’s most popular entrance at Nisqually reopened in 2007, but another entrance important to South Puget Sound residents – Carbon River Road – has remained off limits to all but bikers and hikers.
The National Park Service is proposing to leave it that way. Last week, the park service backed a proposal to reopen the road 1.2 miles past the park entrance and convert the rest of the 4.8-mile road to a hiking and biking trail.