Nisqually to Paradise delays and Kautz Creek area closure.
Road construction from the Nisqually Entrance to Longmire. Expect a 30-minute delay, Monday through Friday. Beginning May 29 to mid-July, all services at the Kautz Creek parking and picnic area are closed through the week. Limited parking on Sat & Sun. More »
Melting snow bridges and high streamflows create hazards for hikers, skiers, and snowshoers
Be aware of hidden- and potentially fatal- hazards created by snow bridges and high streamflows on Mount Rainier. More »
Carnivores - Mountain Lion, Bobcat, Red Fox, Coyote, Black Bear, Raccoon, Skunks, Weasels
Hoofed Mammals - Deer, Elk, Mountain Goats
Insectivores - Moles, Shrews
Rodents - Porcupine, Mice, Jumping Mice, Pocket Gophers, Squirrels, Chipmunks, Marmots, Beaver, Mountain Beaver
NPS/ David P. Stiles Photo
Mammals and Life Zones - Mount Rainier National Park site bulletin (pdf).
Eder, Tamara. "Mammals of Washington & Oregon". Renton: Lone Pine Publishing, 2002. Print.
Mathews, Daniel. "Cascade-Olympic Natural History: A Trailside Reference". 2nd Ed. Portland: Raven Editions-Publishers Press, 1999. Print.
Did You Know?
The Paradise meadows were once home to a golf course, rope tows for skiers, an auto campground, and rows of tent cabins. All of these activities damaged the meadows, as does walking off-trail. Management practices have changed over the years, and we now protect and restore our precious subalpine meadows.