The park is experiencing extremely high visitation that is creating long wait times at the Nisqually and White River entrances, and heavy road and parking lot congestion. On July 31, wait times to enter the park approached two hours in the early afternoon at the Nisqually Entrance, and exceeded one hour at the White River Entrance.
On weekends Paradise and Sunrise parking lots are rapidly filling. The upper and lower parking lots at Paradise fill by mid-morning. Overflow parking is available at Paradise, but may require a long uphill walk to access the visitor center, restrooms, and area trails. When the Sunrise parking area is filled to capacity vehicles are held at the White River Entrance and then slowly metered in as other vehicles depart.
August is the typically the busiest month for visitation in the park. Visitor use is expected to remain exceptionally high through mid-September.