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 Nisqually to Paradise Road Rehabilitation Project Environmental Assessment
Contact: Karen Thompson, Environmental Protection Specialist, 360-569-6507
Mount Rainier National Park Superintendent Randy King has announced that an environmental assessment has been prepared for the Nisqually to Paradise Road Rehabilitation project.
The roadway begins at the Nisqually Entrance and continues for 17.6 miles to Paradise. The road work would take place in two phases, each phase lasting two years. The first phase extends from the Nisqually Entrance (milepost 0.0 to milepost 6.5) and is scheduled to start as early as 2013-2014. This phase may also include reconstruction of a portion of guardwall on the Ricksecker Loop. The second phase of roadwork would start as early as 2015-2016 and is between milepost 6.5 and ending at Paradise (milepost 17.6). this phase includes repaving of the parking lots at Paradise and repaving Paradise Valley Road. Ricksecker Loop Road paving and the Paradise Valley Road could be conducted during either phase.
The EA evaluates two alternatives: a no action alternative and a preferred alternative. Under the no action alternative, the road would not be repaired or improved. The road pavement and structural integrity would continue to continue to deteriorate and drainage problems would persist. Park staff would continue routine road maintenance and repairs as it has in the past. The preferred alternative includes a number of measures to repair and improve the condition of the road, including repair of structural deficiencies, paving, improving drainage, bridge maintenance, embankment stabilization, utility upgrades, and other improvements.
The park is inviting comments from individuals, organizations and other agencies. The environmental assessment is available electronically at http://parkplanning.nps.gov/NtoP.
Those wishing to provide comments should submit them electronically at the above park planning website, or in writing to: Superintendent, Mount Rainier National Park, 55210 238th Ave. E., Ashford, Washington, 98304. Please provide comments no later than August 23, 2012.
Your comments, including your personal identifying information (name, address, telephone, e-mail address) - may be publicly available at any time, if requested under the Freedom of Information Act. While you can request your personal identifying information (name, address, telephone, and email address) be withheld from public review, we cannot guarantee that we will be able to do so.
Did You Know?
At 14,410 feet, Mount Rainier is the highest peak in the Cascade Range. From various locations around the park you can see four other Cascade volcanoes: Mount Saint Helens, Mount Adams, Mount Baker, and Glacier Peak. On a clear day, you can see the tip of Mount Hood, in northern Oregon, from Paradise Meadows.