2016 Winter Access

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Date: November 23, 2016
Contact: Kelsea Holbrook, 360-569-6510

Mount Rainier National Park welcomes you to come enjoy the great outdoors this holiday weekend. Winter conditions are arriving, so the park advises visitors to plan ahead and prepare for potential conditions.

The Longmire Museum is open daily from 9:00 am to 4:30 pm. At Paradise, the Henry M. Jackson Memorial Visitor Center is open on weekends from 10:00 am to 4:30 pm. Additionally, it will be open for the Thanksgiving holiday this Thursday and Friday, November 24 and 25.

PLEASE NOTE: the Paradise snowplay area is not yet open. Sledding and sliding is only allowed within the designated area at Paradise to reduce visitor injuries on otherwise hazardous terrains. A sufficient snowpack depth is needed before snowplay can be opened, for both visitor safety and to avoid resource damage to the fragile meadows below. Further updates will be announced, dependent on conditions. 

The Nisqually Entrance to the Longmire area remains open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, unless hazardous conditions require temporary closure. The higher elevation gate, located on the road from Longmire to Paradise is closed nightly to ensure visitor and staff safety, with uphill access closing at 4:00 pm to allow time for visitors and staff to exit safely. Road, weather, and avalanche conditions are evaluated each morning to determine when it is safe to open the road above Longmire. The standard open hours of this road are from 9:00 am to 5:00 pm. Daily road opening/closing updates are posted on Twitter: twitter.com/MountRainierNPS.

The following roads have been closed to vehicle access for the season:

  • Mowich Lake Road
  • Paradise Valley Road
  • Stevens Canyon Road
  • Sunrise Road
  • Westside Road
  • White River Road

Chinook (SR410) and Cayuse (SR123) passes are closed in advance of the forecasted storm and will be reevaluated by WSDOT next week. More information can be found on the WSDOT website: http://www.wsdot.wa.gov/traffic/passes/chinook-cayuse.

Visitors are reminded that all vehicles (including 4WD) are required to carry tire chains when traveling in the park from November 1 to May 1. Road conditions can deteriorate quickly at any time and mandatory chain use may be required even for 4WD vehicles.

Information on current park road closures and weather conditions can be obtained by calling the park at 360-569-2211 for recorded information. 


Park information, announcements, and the Mount Rainier webcams are posted on the park’s official website, nps.gov/mora.

·        Get additional information and updates by joining the Mount Rainier community on Facebookfacebook.com/MountRainierNPS

·        Find out breaking news and road status updates through Mount Rainier’s Twitter feed: twitter.com/MountRainierNPS

·        Explore the park and behind-the-scenes operations with our videos on YouTubeyoutube.com/MountRainierNPS

·        Share your own photos of Mount Rainier with other visitors in the Mount Rainier Flickr group: flickr.com/groups/MountRainierNPS

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Last updated: November 23, 2016

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