Sunrise Road Opens
The Sunrise area, in the northeast corner of Mount Rainier National Park is now open full time for the 2014 summer season. The Sunrise Day Lodge will begin its summer operation starting tomorrow, June 28. Operated by Rainier Guest Services, the day lodge provides a snack bar and gift shop for visitors. The Sunrise Visitor Center is scheduled to open full time on July 3. Sunrise, at an elevation of 6,400', is the highest point on Mount Rainier accessible by automobile. Snow does remain on the ground, but has been melting rapidly.
The White River Campground, also in the park's northeast section, opened today for summer camping. All campsites are filled on a first-come, first-served basis at White River.
Also opening today is the Paradise Valley Road.
For updates on current conditions check the park's webpage at www.nps.gov/mora, or 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. Recorded park information is also available by calling 360-569-2211.
Outside the park visitor lodging, food, gifts and activities are available year round. Check the following web pages for information on these communities surrounding the park - www.visitrainier.com, www.mt-rainier.com, www.staycrystal.com, www.minerallake.com, www.destinationpackwood.com.
Did You Know?
At Mount Rainier, winter snowfall is typically heaviest between the elevations of 5,000 and 8,000 feet. Paradise, at 5,420 feet, receives an average of 641 inches of snowfall (nearly 54 feet) every year, making it one of the consistently snowiest places on Earth of those where snowfall is measured.