With the arrival of snow in late October, Mount Rainier's beauty changes and so do its challenges. Visitors planning to travel to the park in winter should familiarize themselves with winter travel tips, road status, and be prepared for potential winter hazards.
Mount Rainier National Park is open all year, although in winter only two park entrances are open: the Nisqually Entrance, in the southwest corner of the park, and the Carbon River Entrance, in the northwest corner of the park. The Carbon River Road is closed to vehicles just inside the entrance due to flood damage. It remains open to bicycle and pedestrian traffic.
Longmire Gate Closure Schedule, Winter 2014-2015:
Make sure you're properly equipped for winter weather and travel before leaving home:
Winter Roads & Driving Safety
Follow Traction Requirements
Note: Autosocks are allowed for passenger vehicles under 10,000 pounds as an alternative traction device for use when "Chains Required" signs are posted, in accordance with Washington Administrative Code (WAC) 204-24-035. Vehicles over 10,000 pounds must carry a second set of chains and use them whenever traction tires or chains are required.
Winter Driving Safety Tips
Learn more about Winter Safety, including how to minimize the risk from hypothermia and avalanches.