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Fall Transition at Mount Rainier

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Date: October 3, 2012

Warm sunny days, mild temperatures and cool nights are ushering in the Fall colors at Mount Rainier to enjoy. For the Mount Rainier staff that means it is time to begin the annual winterization of seasonal areas (Sunrise, White River, Ohanapecosh, Box Canyon) before the winter snows begin. With the upcoming Columbus Day holiday on October 8, that process is getting underway.

State Routes 123 and 410 remain open and providing great opportunities for visitors to see the fall colors. While the Stevens Canyon Road is closed to through traffic for construction work, visitors can still access Backbone Ridge, Box Canyon, and adjacent trailheads via the East Entrance near State Route 123. Wonderland Trail hikers as well as day hikers will be permitted to hike through the construction zone to access adjacent trails. On the Paradise side, the road is closed from just wast of the intersection with the Paradise Valley Road to the east end of the tunnel at Box Canyon.

Cougar Rock and Ohanapecosh Campgrounds will be open through Monday, October 8. White River Campground is closed. The Ohanapecosh Visitor Center, Henry M. Jackson Visitor Center, and Longmire and White River Wilderness Information Centers will also remain open through that date. The road to Sunrise will remain open through that date, then closed to vehicle traffic at the White River Campground gate. Bicyclists and hikers will be allowed to continue to use the road unless otherwise posted. All facilities except for a vault toilet at Sunrise will be closed.

At Paradise, the Henry M. Jackson Visitor Center, Paradise Camp Deli and Gift Shop will transition to their winter schedule, opening on weekends and holidays only after October 8. Visitor Center hours will be 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. The historic Paradise Inn closed for the season on October 1.

The National Park Inn and General Store and the Longmire Museum are open daily throughout the year, providing overnight accommodations, dining, gifts, and visitor information. A great weekday or weekend getaway to enjoy some quiet time. To make reservations at the National Park Inn call 360-569-2275, or go online to www.mtrainierguestservices.com

Most businesses in the gateway communities surrounding the park do remain open throughout the fall and winter offering a variety of services and activities for the public to enjoy. For online information on visitor services, accommodations and activities in these communities visit the following websites: www.visitrainier.com, www.mt-rainier.com, www.staycrystal.com, www.destinationpackwood.com, www.minerallake.com.

Even though current conditions are exceptionally mild, park visitors are reminded that weather conditions can change rapidly in the mountains during this time of the year. Be prepared for inclement weather or possible ice and snow on park roads.

Effective November 1, all vehicles (including 4-wheel and all-wheel-drive) are required to carry tire chains that fit your vehicle, while in the park.

For additional information, check the Mount Rainier web page at www.nps.gov/mora or call 360-569-2211.

You can connect to Mount Rainier National Park through our social media pages. Join the Mount Rainier community on Facebook, find out breaking news and road status updates through Mount Rainier's Twitter feed, explore the park and behind-the-scenes operations with our videos on YouTube, and share your own photos of Mount Rainier with other visitors in the Mount Rainier Flickr group.

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Did You Know?

Artist rendering of the Osceola Mudflow releasing from Mount Rainier.

About 5,600 years ago the summit and northeast face of Mount Rainier fell away in a massive landslide accompanied by volcanic explosions. The Osceola Mudflow, a towering wall of mud and rock, thundered down the White River Valley where it deposited 600' of debris eventually reaching the Puget Sound.