Road Status

Road Status - Updated June 14, 2019
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.

ROAD STATUS

Carbon River Road

OPEN to pedestrian and bicycle traffic only
No vehicles are permitted beyond the park entrance; bicycle and pedestrian traffic only.

NOTE: Spiketon Creek Bridge (aka Pioneer Way Bridge) on State Route 162, outside of the park just west of Buckley, WA, along the route to the Carbon River Entrance, is CLOSED permanently (WSDOT News Release, 8/31/18). Motorists and bicyclists can follow a detour route onto Pioneer Way East to Mundy Loss Road to SR 410 and back to SR 165; see detour map. Or from South Prairie, take AP Tubbs Rd to Johns Rd E to SR165; see alternate route map. The Foothills Trail under the bridge will remain open.

SR 123 (Cayuse Pass)
South Entrance to Cayuse Pass

OPEN
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

OPEN
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
The road may close at night depending on the weather/current conditions. Check MountRainierNPS on Twitter (account not required to view) for current status of the Longmire gate and other road updates.

Mowich Lake Road

CLOSED for the season
Estimated to open for the season June 28, weather dependent.

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
Estimated to open for the season June 28, weather dependent.

Ricksecker Point Road

OPEN

Stevens Canyon Road

OPEN

NOTE: Tunnel height limit 12' 6".

Sunrise Road

CLOSED for the season
Estimated to open for the season June 28, weather dependent.
Bicycling/hiking is allowed on the Sunrise Road on weekends. On weekdays, active road work can make it unsafe for recreational use. Work is typically in the mornings, but road may be open for recreation on weekday afternoons. Before proceeding up the road, check the sign on the gate to make sure recreational use is permitted. Administrative vehicles may still be using the road at any time, so proceed with caution.

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

OPEN


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

OPEN
(White River Campground opens for the season June 21)

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.
Longmire-to-Paradise Winter Road Opening Decision Matrix

Last updated: June 14, 2019

Contact the Park

Mailing Address:

55210 238th Avenue East
Ashford, WA 98304

Phone:

(360) 569-2211

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