Road Status

Road Status - Updated October 29, 2020
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 (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 9/18/20). Park at your own risk before the closure.

SR 123 (Cayuse Pass)
South Entrance to Cayuse Pass

OPEN
Estimated to close for the season mid-November, 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)
North Entrance to SR123/Cayuse Pass then east to Chinook Pass

OPEN
Estimated to close for the season mid-November, weather dependent.
NOTE: A one-lane gravel bypass road allows travel between Enumclaw and Greenwater, with wait times around 15 minutes, on route to the north entrance of the park. The bypass is due to work to repair damage from a wildfire outside of the park. See WSDOT site below for more information.

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 can close at any time at the gate in Longmire due to weather conditions. Check @MountRainierNPS on Twitter for updated (account not required to view).

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

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

Ricksecker Point Road

OPEN
Estimated to close for the season November 2, weather dependent.

Stevens Canyon Road

CLOSED for the season

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

OPEN
Estimated to close for the season November 2, 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

OPEN
Estimated to close for the season TBD, weather dependent.


Longmire-to-Paradise Winter Road Opening Decision Matrix

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: October 29, 2020

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55210 238th Avenue East
Ashford, WA 98304

Phone:

(360) 569-2211

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