• Mount Rainier peeks through clouds, viewed across subalpine wildflowers and glacial moraine.

    Mount Rainier

    National Park Washington

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December 18, 2014
Mount Rainier Winter Access Schedule 2014-2015
Acting Superintendent Tracy Swartout advises that Mount Rainier has transitioned to winter hours of operation and service.

November 25, 2014
Park Access Via Nisqually Entrance Temporarily Closed Due to Flooding
Mount Rainier National Park is closed temporarily at the Nisqually Entrance due to flooding in the Kautz Creek area.

November 04, 2014
Fee Increases Proposed for Mount Rainier
Mount Rainier National Park is seeking feedback on proposed fee increases to be implemented as early as 2015. This release provides a description of the proposed changes, as well as information on how you can provide input.

September 19, 2014
Volunteers will work on trails and campground restoration at Mount Rainier on National Public Lands Day, September 27; Entrance fees waived.
Mount Rainier National Park will celebrate National Public Lands Day on Saturday, September 27, 2014, with several volunteer projects open to public participation. In celebration of the day, entrance fees are waived for the public and volunteers will receive an additional coupon for free admission on a day of their choice.

September 15, 2014
North Cascades and Mount Rainier National Parks Seek Public Review on Plan to Restore Fisher
The NPS is seeking public comments on a plant to reintroduce 80 fishers over two years to North Cascades and Mount Rainier National Parks.

August 20, 2014
Successful Recovery Mission on Mount Rainier
The bodies of three deceased climbers were removed from a debris field on the Carbon Glacier, below Liberty Ridge, on Tuesday, August 19, 2014.

August 15, 2014
Shadows of the Past Living History Program: Saturday Evening, August 23rd at Longmire!
On Saturday August 23rd Mount Rainier National Park will present Shadows of the Past, a “living history” program.

August 14, 2014
Mount Rainier Fires Drenched by Rain
Recent lightning-sparked fires in the park have been drenched by heavy rainfall from a subsequent storm.

August 12, 2014
Lightning Sparks Fires on Mount Rainier
Two lightning fires ignited overnight are burning in Mount Rainier National Park's backcountry.

August 01, 2014
Nisqually Road to Longmire Closed for Two Nights to Install an Underground Culvert
Mount Rainier National Park has scheduled a nighttime closure of the Nisqually Road between the Nisqually Entrance and Longmire. On Monday and Tuesday nights, August 4-5, and if necessary Wednesday August 6, no traffic will enter or exit the park via the Nisqually Road between 9:30 pm and 4:30 am.

July 29, 2014
Commercial Use Authorization Program and Commercial Non-Profit Special Use Program
Applications can now be requested for the Commercial Use Authorization program for 2015 and 2016 and the Commercial Non-Profit Special Use Permit program for 2015.

July 19, 2014
Search for missing Wonderland Trail hiker scales back
Search operations for missing hiker Edwin Birch of Tacoma, WA continued with a reduced number of searchers on the ground Friday. Search activities will be reduced again Saturday, as the park transitions towards a limited continuous search effort.

July 18, 2014
First Naturalization Ceremony to be held at Mount Rainier
On Monday, July 21, Mount Rainier will host the park’s first naturalization ceremony for individuals who will become United States citizens.

July 17, 2014
Search for missing day hiker on the Panhandle Gap continues
Search operations for the overdue day hiker, Edwin Birch of Tacoma, WA, continue today, though it is anticipated that search operations will scale back tomorrow.

July 16, 2014
Search for missing hiker on the Panhandle Gap enters day 4
The search for the overdue day hiker, Edwin Birch of Tacoma, WA, continued today with ground crews searching the Ohanapacosh Park, Nickel Creek Basin and Summer Land areas of the Wonderland Trail.

July 15, 2014
Search Operations for Missing Hiker in Panhandle Gap area on the Wonderland Trail Continue
Search efforts to locate a missing day hiker on the Panhandle Gap area on the Wonderland Trail continued today, are expected to continue tomorrow.

July 08, 2014
Mount Rainier National Park Receives 2014 America's Best Idea Grant from the National Park Foundation to Support Student Conservation Association Youth Crews
Mount Rainier National Park is one of 39 national parks selected to receive a 2014 America’s Best Idea grant from the National Park Foundation, the official charity of America’s national parks. Inspired by Ken Burns’ critically acclaimed documentary “The National Parks: America’s Best Idea,” this program builds partnerships between national parks and community, state, and other public organizations, and engages diverse audiences in meaningful and relevant ways with national parks and inspires participants to become stewards of our National Park System.

June 21, 2014
Search for Missing Hiker Suspended
The search for missing hiker Karen Sykes was suspended today with the retrieval of a deceased female from the search area.

June 21, 2014
Eastside Search for Missing Hiker Continues
The third day of searching for missing day hiker, Karen Sykes of Seattle, Washington, is underway on Mount Rainier’s east side. Six ground crews, including two Kittatas County dog teams, are searching an expanded area further out from the Owyhigh Lakes Trail. Air operations are also supporting today’s search efforts.

June 20, 2014
Search Operations Underway on Mount Rainier’s Eastside
Search efforts to locate a missing hiker on the Owyhigh Lakes Trail continue today. In an unrelated incident, an injured climber was air lifted off Double Peak near Eastside Trail on Thursday, June 19th.

June 13, 2014
Summer Opening Update
Overview of summer 2014 operations and opportunities at Mount Rainier National Park.

May 31, 2014
Liberty Ridge Search Comes to Tragic Conclusion
Searchers for six missing climbers located climbing gear and detected signals from avalanche beacons at the top of the Carbon Glacier at 9,500 feet in elevation. All indications point toward a fall of 3,300 feet from near the party’s last known location at 12,800 feet on Liberty Ridge. There is no viable chance of survival from such a fall.

March 03, 2014
Mount Rainier Tourism Creates $36.8M in Local Economic Benefit
A National Park Service report shows that just over one million visitors to Mount Rainier National Park in 2012 spent $36.8M in communities surrounding the park.

February 18, 2014
Nisqually to Paradise Road Rehabilitation to Begin March 3
Rehabilitation of 17.6 miles of road between the Nisqually Entrance and the developed area of Paradise is scheduled to begin March 3, 2014. Allow extra time when driving through the park for road construction.

January 09, 2013
National Park Service Announces Decision to Rehabilitate the Camp Muir Historic District
The National Park Service permits the rehabilitation of the Camp Muir Historic District, including the removal and replacement of non-historic structures at Camp Muir.

February 16, 2011
Rehabilitation of 10 miles of Stevens Canyon Road planned in 2011, 2012 and 2013
Outlines plan to rehabilitate Stevens Canyon Road.


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