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

    Mount Rainier

    National Park Washington

Road Status

Road Status - Updated November 26, 2014
This report is updated when conditions change. You may also call the park for current road conditions at 360-569-2211 or check MountRainierNPS on Twitter for road updates and announcements.

All vehicles are required to carry tire chains when traveling in the park during the winter season (Nov 1 - May 1). This requirement applies to all vehicles (including four-wheel drive), regardless of tire type or weather conditions. Review the Tire Chain Frequently Asked Questions for more information or learn more about Winter Recreation at Mount Rainier.

ROAD STATUS
Carbon River Road
CLOSED
No vehicles are permitted beyond the park entrance; bicycle and pedestrian traffic only.
SR 410/123 (Cayuse Pass) North boundary to south boundary
CLOSED for the season.

Commercial vehicles prohibited at all times. For more information, check the Washington State Dept. of Transportation (WASDOT) or call 1-800-695-ROAD (7623) toll-free statewide or 206-DOT-HIWY (368-4499) in the greater Seattle area.

SR 410 (Chinook Pass)

CLOSED for the season.

Commercial vehicles prohibited at all times. For more information, check the Washington State Dept. of Transportation (WASDOT) or call 1-800-695-ROAD (7623) toll-free statewide or 206-DOT-HIWY (368-4499) in the greater Seattle area.

Nisqually Entrance to Longmire OPEN

Longmire to Paradise

Open daily at 9:00 am weather permitting. Road closes nightly.

Nightly closure schedule:

  • Gate opens 9:00 a.m., depending on conditions & staffing.
  • Uphill gate at Longmire closes 4:00 p.m.; gate fully closed at 5:00 p.m.
  • Departing Paradise no later than 4:30 p.m. is recommended to safely drive down hill before closure.
  • Opening/closing times can change unexpectedly due to weather, road conditions, and/or avalanche danger.
  • The park has limited winter staffing, so on days with inclement weather the gate will only open if there is enough staff to clear and patrol the road to ensure safe travel.
Check MountRainierNPS on Twitter for status updates of the Longmire-Paradise road.
Mowich Lake Road

CLOSED for the season.

NOTE: Most of this road is gravel and some sections have rough conditions with potholes. Please drive with caution.
Paradise Valley Road CLOSED for the season.

Ricksecker Point Road

CLOSED for the season.
Stevens Canyon Road
CLOSED for the season.

Sunrise Road

CLOSED for the season.

Note: Due to the steep, narrow, and winding nature of the Sunrise Road, it is recommended that RVs and vehicles with trailers longer than 25 ft. LOA not travel up the Sunrise Road beyond the White River Campground intersection.

Westside Road to Dry Creek

CLOSED


NOTE: Due to danger from rock fall, vehicles must park south of the barricade at Dry Creek. Hikers and bicyclists should travel through the area with caution and avoid lingering in the hazard zone.

White River Road to Campground CLOSED for the season.
Longmire-to-Paradise Winter Road Opening Decision Matrix


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