The gate to Paradise at Longmire closes nightly.
Mon-Fri: Closes at 5:00 pm, depart Paradise no later than 4:30 pm to safely drive down the hill before the gate closes. Sat-Sun: Closes at 7:00 pm, depart Paradise no later than 6:30 pm. More »
The Snow Play area in Paradise is open on weekends and holidays.
The Paradise snow play area for sledding and sliding is open Sat-Sun, and on holidays. More »
Watch out for hazardous winter conditions!
As the amount of snow in the park increases, be aware of increased risk of Avalanches and Snow Immersion Suffocation. More »
Comet Falls Trail Section Closed Temporarily Due to Hazardous Trail Condition
Superintendent Randy King has announced that the Comet Falls Trail has been temporarily closed to public use 1 mile beyond the trailhead, due to an extremely hazardous condition on the trail. A substantial washout, approximately 10 ft. across and 30 ft. deep, made worse with the recent rains over the past several weeks, has created unstable conditions which has undermined the trail approximately 1 mile from the trailhead. Snow and ice in the area of the washout adds to the hazard, especially if a hiker were to attempt to walk around the washout. It should also be noted that snow and ice conditions all along the trail are hazardous to travel even before getting to the washout area. Next week, it is anticipated that the park tail crew will access this area to begin building a safe route around the washout. Public notice will be given when the trail is again open for hiking.
Hikers in Mount Rainier National Park should be aware that late snow and ice from the winter still persists on trails at the park's higher elevations. Hikers need to use caution and good judgment as steep slopes covered with snow and ice will be very slippery or unstable, and streams and rivers are running fast and high as runoff is occurring at its maximum levels. Also, as the winter snow melts back, trail damage, washed out bridges, or other unknown hazards may be uncovered before the park crews can repair them.
Trail conditions are continuously being updated on park's website. Check the park website or contact Park Rangers to get information on current trail conditions before hiking in the park.
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Did You Know?
In 1911, President William Howard Taft's touring car was the first vehicle to drive the newly-built road to Paradise. The road was very muddy, and the car had to be pulled through the upper portion by a team of mules. Learn more about Mount Rainier's transportation history at the following link: More...