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 »
Mount Rainier National Park Seeks Public Review of Camp Muir Rehabilitation Plan Environmental Assessment
Contact: Karen Thompson, Environmental Protection Specialist, 360-569-6507
Mount Rainier National Park Superintendent Randy King has announced that an environmental assessment (EA) has been prepared for the Camp Muir Rehabilitation Plan. The analysis provided in the EA considers potential impacts and benefits of proposed alternatives intended to rehabilitate the Camp Muir Historic District, which is located in Mount Rainier National Park. Historic structures would be retained, and non-historic structures would be replaced or removed. The functions of structures would be optimized to improve visitor and employee safety while protecting natural resources, adjacent Wilderness, and the National Historic Landmark District.
Camp Muir is the primary base camp for west-side ascents tot he summit of Mount Rainier. The annual number of climbers has ranged from approximately 9,000 to 11,000 since 2001, with as many as 500 climbers and day hikers visiting Camp Muir per day during peak months of July and August. the popularity of Camp Muir and extreme environmental conditions contribute to the deterioration of structures and challenge Park managers in their efforts to maintain the site and protect resources.
Four alternatives were analyzed in this EA: Alternative 1 (No Action); Alternative 2, representing minimum development in which structures that are not historic would be removed; Alternative 3, in which non-historic structures are replaced with new structures compatible with the Historic District near their current locations; and Alternative 4, which also replaces non-historic structures with new compatible structures, but with a modified spatial arrangement.
The park is inviting comments from individuals, organizations and other agencies, and is holding three public meetings, which will be held during August in Ashford (Mount Rainier National Park Headquarters-Education Center, August 9), Tacoma (Tacoma Mountaineers, August 6) and Seattle (REI, August 1). Please check the website below for the dates, times, and venues. The EA is available electronically at http://parkplanning.nps.gov/muirea where you may post your comments. You may also mail your comments to: Superintendent, Mount Rainier National Park, 55210 238th Ave. E., Ashford, Washington, 98304. Please provide comments no later than September 10, 2012.
Before including your address, phone number, email address, or other personal identifying information in your comment, you should be aware that your entire comment- including your personal identifying information- may be made publicly available at any time. Although you can ask us in your comment to withhold your personal identifying information from public review, we cannot guarantee that we will be able to do so.
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.