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Contact: Tracy Swartout, Deputy Superintendent, 360-569-6502
Superintendent Randy King advises that public access to the Sunrise area on the east side of Mount Rainier will open this Friday, June 5. The Sunrise Day Lodge and Visitor Center will remain closed until June 27 when seasonal staffing is on board to run these facilities. Restroom facilities will be available in the Sunrise area. The Ohanapecosh Visitor Center is scheduled to open June 26.
The park has had to delay the Mowich Lake Road opening for a second time in order to complete work on the damaged Stevens Canyon Road, which opened May 22, and to get the Sunrise Road and area ready to open by June 5. Park crews will now move to the Mowich Road to get it graded, ditches cleaned and ready for the new opening date of Friday, June 19.
Other than the locations mentioned above, all other areas of Mount Rainier National Park are now open for the summer season.
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 park videos on YouTube, and share your own photos of Mount Rainier with other visitors in the Mount Rainier Flickr group. Recoded 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.