Road Status

Road Status - Updated November 29, 2021
This report is updated when conditions change. You may also call the park for current road conditions at 360-569-2211 or check MountRainierNPS on Twitter (account not required to view) for road updates and announcements. Weather can change quickly and affect road conditions, and check for park alerts involving road construction or delays. The park can experience extremely high visitation with long wait times at the entrances and heavy road and parking lot congestion. Plan ahead to avoid summer congestion.

NOTE: All vehicles are required to carry tire chains when traveling in the park during the winter season (Nov 1 - May 1). This requirement applies to all vehicles (including four-wheel drive), regardless of tire type or weather conditions. Review the Tire Chain Frequently Asked Questions for more information or learn more about Winter Recreation at Mount Rainier.

View the following road status map or road status table for updates (Click on "View full screen" below to view the map, then click on any section of road or notification symbol for more information).

 
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Road Status

ROAD STATUS

Carbon River Road

CLOSED to all access, including recreation.
Due to erosion by the Carbon River which has washed out the start of the Carbon River Road, and due to continued heavy precipitation, high river levels, and unstable trail conditions, the Carbon River Trail and all attached trailheads are closed to all public entry effective November 15, 2021 and until further notice. News Release, 11/15/21

SR 123 (Cayuse Pass)
South Entrance to Cayuse Pass

CLOSED for the season

For more information, check the Washington State Dept. of Transportation (WSDOT) or call 1-800-695-ROAD (7623) toll-free statewide or 206-DOT-HIWY (368-4499) in the greater Seattle area.

Commercial vehicles prohibited at all times.

NOTE: Tunnel height limit 13' 1".

SR 410 (Chinook Pass)
North Entrance to SR123/Cayuse Pass then east to Chinook Pass

CLOSED for the season

For more information, check the Washington State Dept. of Transportation (WSDOT) or call 1-800-695-ROAD (7623) toll-free statewide or 206-DOT-HIWY (368-4499) in the greater Seattle area.

Commercial vehicles prohibited at all times.

Nisqually Entrance to Longmire

OPEN

Longmire to Paradise

OPEN - Closed nightly
Gate Schedule:

  • Gate opens 9:00 am
  • Uphill gate closes 4:00 pm
  • Downhill gate closes 5:00 pm**
    **It is recommended to leave Paradise by 4:00 pm in order to exit the gate at Longmire before it locks for the night.

NOTE: The road can have a delayed opening or remain closed for the day depending on weather and road conditions. Check @MountRainierNPS on Twitter (account not required to view) for current status of the Longmire gate and other road updates.

Why does the gate to Paradise close during the winter? Find out in the video The Road to Paradise: Winter Access.

Mowich Lake Road

CLOSED for the season

NOTE: Most of this road is gravel and some sections have rough conditions with potholes. Please drive with caution.

Paradise Valley Road
One-way scenic route leaving Paradise connecting to Stevens Canyon Road.

CLOSED for the season

Ricksecker Point Road

CLOSED for the season

Stevens Canyon Road

CLOSED for the season

NOTE: Expect 15 minute delays for traffic control around a damaged section of roadway.

NOTE: Tunnel height limit 12' 6".

Sunrise Road

CLOSED for the season

NOTE: Due to the steep, narrow, and winding nature of the Sunrise Road, it is recommended that RVs and vehicles with trailers longer than 25 feet LOA not travel up the Sunrise Road beyond the White River Campground intersection. Currently there are no restrictions for unmodified motor coaches of standard length.

Westside Road

CLOSED for the season

NOTE: Due to danger from rock fall, vehicles must park south of the barricade at Dry Creek. Hikers and bicyclists should travel through the area with caution and avoid lingering in the hazard zone. Visitors are also advised that Westside Road is an active geohazard zone.

White River Road to Campground

CLOSED for the season


Longmire-to-Paradise Winter Road Opening Decision Matrix

NOTE: All vehicles are required to carry tire chains when traveling in the park during the winter season (Nov 1 - May 1). This requirement applies to all vehicles (including four-wheel drive), regardless of tire type or weather conditions. Review the Tire Chain Frequently Asked Questions for more information or learn more about Winter Recreation at Mount Rainier.

NOTE: Closed roads may be open to non-motorized vehicles like bicycles. CHECK SIGNS on closed road gates before proceeding. During snow plowing operations or when otherwise posted, park roads are closed to all use, including hiking, skiing, snowmobiles, and bicycling.

Last updated: November 29, 2021

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