Road Status

Road Status - Updated April 6, 2018
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.

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.
SR 410/123 (Cayuse Pass) North boundary to south boundary

CLOSED for the season. Estimated to open for the season May 25, weather dependent.

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)

CLOSED for the season. Estimated to open for the season May 25, weather dependent.

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 - Gate at Longmire closes nightly.

Gate Schedule
  • Uphill gate closes 4:00 pm
  • Downhill gate closes 5:00 pm
    NOTE: It is recommended to leave Paradise by 4:30 pm to exit gate before it is closed for the night.
  • Gate opens 9:00 am, depending on conditions.

Depending on conditions, gate may open late, close early, or not open for the day. Check Twitter for updates (Twitter account not required).

NOTE: During times of high visitation at Paradise, vehicles may be metered at the gate at Longmire. "Metering" means rangers will allow one vehicle up the road to Paradise for each vehicle that comes down. If implemented, park visitors will be notified about vehicle metering at the Nisqually Entrance Station and through the park’s Twitter feed.

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 CLOSED for the season. Estimated to open for the season June 29, weather dependent.
Ricksecker Point Road CLOSED for the season. Estimated to open for the season May 18, weather dependent.
Stevens Canyon Road

CLOSED for the season. Estimated to open for the season May 25, weather dependent.

NOTE: Tunnel height limit 12' 6".
Sunrise Road CLOSED for the season. Estimated to open for the season June 28, weather dependent.


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. Estimated to open for the season April 27, weather dependent.


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. Estimated to open for the season May 18, weather dependent.

Longmire-to-Paradise Winter Road Opening Decision Matrix

Last updated: April 6, 2018

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Mailing Address:

55210 238th Avenue East
Ashford, WA 98304

Phone:

(360) 569-2211

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