Mount Rainier park closes part of Narada Falls Trail

Staff reportSeptember 9, 2012 

A section of Narada Falls Trail will be closed Mondays-Saturdays through Sept. 21 due to potential rock fall during work on Stevens Canyon Road at Mount Rainier National Park. The closure took effect Thursday.

The trail will be closed from the bridge where it intersects the Longmire-Paradise Road to its intersection with the Wonderland Trail. The closure includes the short trail spur from the Narada Falls restroom down to the falls viewpoint, said chief ranger Chuck Young.

During the closure, hikers will not be able to access the Narada Falls parking lot by hiking from Paradise down via the Lakes Trail.

The closure may be extended, depending on the progress of the roadwork.

This section of trail will be open today and Sept. 16 because construction work will not take place those days.

The closure is necessary because of the potential rock fall from roadwork being conducted on Stevens Canyon Road above this section of trail, Young said. Heavy equipment will be removing and replacing large sections of the roadway just above the trail for the next two weeks. Large rocks or other material may be dislodged during the work and could fall onto the trail.

The roadwork is part of the Stevens Canyon Rehabilitation project. More information about this project is available at nps.gov/mora/parknews/stevens-canyon-closure.htm.

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