Road Status

Road Status - Updated May 7, 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: 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.

View the following road status map or road status table for updates (in the map, click on any section of road or notification symbol for more information).

 
 

Road Status

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: Fairfax Forest Reserve Road E. remains closed at the Forest Service Road 7810 Bridge outside of the park just before the Carbon River Entrance. See Pierce County information for updates (updated 4/7/21). Park at your own risk before the closure.

SR 123 (Cayuse Pass)
South Entrance to Cayuse Pass

CLOSED for the season
Estimated date to open TBD.

NOTE: From 7:00 am - 7:00 pm, Mon-Fri, May 10-28, an active paving project is underway on SR123 and the Ohanapecosh Campround area. Heavy equipment will be operating and recreational access is not permitted in the work areas. Flaggers will be on site. Please follow all signs and instructions.

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
Estimated date to open TBD.

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 - Due winter weather, the gate to Paradise at Longmire will close for the night on Friday May 7. Always check status before heading out.

Regular nightly closures of the gate to Paradise at Longmire have ended for the season. Gate may still close as needed depending on weather/conditions. Always check status before heading out. 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 July 9, 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 July 2, weather dependent.

NOTE: Barriers present to prevent parking due to the rock fall hazard. Do not park between barriers.

Ricksecker Point Road

CLOSED for the season
Estimated to open May 14, weather dependent.

Stevens Canyon Road

CLOSED for the season
Paradise Road wye to Bench & Snow Lake Trailhead (with access to Reflection Lakes) estimated to open May 14, weather dependent. Estimated to fully open May 28.

NOTE: Tunnel height limit 12' 6".

Sunrise Road

CLOSED for the season
Estimated to open July 2, 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 TBD, 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 May 28, weather dependent.


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.

Last updated: May 7, 2021

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55210 238th Avenue East
Ashford, WA 98304

Phone:

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