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Mount Rainier National Park announces Memorial Day weekend operations

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Date: May 26, 2022
Contact: Park Information, 360-569-2211

ASHFORD, Wash. – Although 13 feet of snow remains on the ground at Paradise, many areas within Mount Rainier National Park will be accessible to visitors beginning Memorial Day weekend. Preparing for the season involves plowing winter snow from park roads, cleaning up the roadsides and ditches, placing information and regulatory signs along the roadways of newly opened areas and starting up water and utility systems. Park visitors should be prepared for snow-covered trails at high elevations; only some low-elevation trails are snow free at this time. Hiking safety information can be found on the park’s website.

Some locations will have a delayed opening due to the lingering heavy winter snowpack, including Tipsoo Lake and Chinook Pass. Impacts from the significant rain event in November 2021 caused substantial damage to the pedestrian suspension bridge on the Grove of the Patriarchs Trail; that trail will remain closed at the junction with the Eastside Trail. The park’s highest elevation developed areas, including Sunrise, the White River Campground, and Mowich Lake will reopen later in the season.

Listed below are status updates on popular areas within Mount Rainier National Park:

Paradise Inn

Open

National Park Inn at Longmire

Open

Jackson Visitor Center (Paradise)

Open Thursday-Monday, Closed Tuesday and Wednesday. Daily operations start Saturday, June 4.

Stevens Canyon Road

Open to Bench/Snow Lake Trailhead. Closed to all traffic,including bicycles, between Bench Lake and the Grove of the Patriarchs (this closure includes Box Canyon).

Cougar Rock Campground

Loops D and E open for first-come, first-served campers on Saturday, May 28. F Loop/Group Loop is reservation only. All campers are required to check in with a ranger to obtain a campsite. Vehicles are limited to 35-foot or smaller RVs, and 27-foot or smaller travel trailers.

Ohanapecosh Campground

Loops A, B, and C open for first-come, first-served campers on Saturday, May 28. Group sites are reservation only. All campers are required to check in with a ranger to obtain a campsite. Vehicles are limited to 32-foot or smaller RVs, and 27-foot or smaller travel trailers.

White River Road to White River Entrance

Open Friday, May 27

Box Canyon Picnic Area & Restrooms

Closed; inaccessible

Grove of the Patriarchs Trail

Closed

Grove of the Patriarchs Parking Area

Open

Wilderness Information Centers at Longmire and Paradise

Open Friday, May 27

Carbon River

Open with limited parking

White River Road

Open from State Route 410 to White River Picnic Area parking lot on Friday, May 27 (no access to Sunrise or White River Campground)

Sunrise

Closed, opens later in the season

White River Campground

Closed, opens later in the season

Mowich Lake

Closed, opens later in the season

State Route 123 (within park boundaries)

Open Friday, May 27

Chinook Pass

Closed, reopening mid- to late-June

Tipsoo Lake

Closed, reopening mid- to late-June





 

For lodging reservations at Paradise Inn and the National Park Inn go to www.mtrainierguestservices.com or call 1-855-755-2275.

For information on State Route 410 east over Chinook Pass please refer to mountain pass information from the Washington State Department of Transportation (WSDOT).

For updates on current conditions check the park’s website, Facebook page or Twitter feed or call 360-569-2211.

For more information on Mount Rainier National Park, please visit www.nps.gov/mora.


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Last updated: May 26, 2022

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