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-June, 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 »
Special Hazardous Conditions Statement
With the recent winter storm cycles, the Pacific Northwest has received prodigious amounts of snow. At Mount Rainier National Park, Paradise has received 81 inches, or over 6.5 feet, of snow over the last 6 days, with more continuing to fall.While all this fresh snow provides some fantastic skiing, snowboarding, and snowshoeing opportunities, it also presents some acute, specific dangers skiers and riders need to be aware of- snow immersion suffocation and avalanches.
Avalanches are the more commonly known hazard. The danger of natural or human caused wind or storm slab release is currently very high to extreme, even at lower elevations, and should remain so until the snowfall subsides and the fresh snow is allowed to stabilize. Remember, avalanches can and do occur just minutes from the Paradise parking lot! For more information on avalanche conditions go to http://www.nwac.us/. Ranger Glenn shares more about avalanche risk on Mount Rainier in this Ranger Brief video.
Snow Immersion Suffocation, or SIS, occurs when a skier or rider falls, usually head-first, into deep, unconsolidated snow or a tree well and becomes immobilized and trapped under the snow, leading to suffocation. Tragically, a 35 year-old skier died at Crystal Mountain Ski Area on February 19th after falling head first into a tree well. Most SIS incidents occur just after big storm cycles, as we have just experienced. In an inverted position it is almost impossible to self-extricate, and breathing becomes difficult as loose snow begins to pack in around you. It is critical to ski or ride with a partner, and to keep each other in sight at all times! A great resource for information on SIS can be found at http://www.deepsnowsafety.org/
Marijuana on Federal Lands
Posted: April 26, 2013
Contact: Chief Ranger's Office - 360-569-6612
Mount Rainier National Park would like to provide clarification regarding the use of possession of marijuana on Federal lands. The recently passed Washington State law, which allows for limited recreational marijuana use under certain conditions, has no bearing on Federal laws which continue to identify marijuana as a Schedule I illegal drug, and prohibit its use.
Possession of marijuana or use of any amount of marijuana is still prohibited in Mount Rainier National Park, its facilities, concessions, and campgrounds, and in the surrounding National Forest Lands. Violations are punishable by a fine of not more than $5,000.00 for an individual or $10,000.00 for an organization, or imprisonment for not more than six months, or both (16 U.S.C. 551, 18 U.S.C. 3559 and 3571).
Did You Know?
In the early 1930s the Civilian Conservation Corp constructed fire lookouts throughout the park to help protect the surrounding area from fire. Four historic lookouts still remain in the Mount Rainier National Historic Landmark District including Tolmie, Shriner, Fremont, and Gobblers Knob.