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Published March 3rd, 2014 - 10:04AM
Mount Rainier National Park's road to Paradise will be closed Monday because of a winter weather advisory and high avalanche risk. The first of two 2-year road improvement projects was scheduled to begin today.
Published March 2nd, 2014 - 12:05AM
A four-year work project is scheduled to begin Monday on the 17.6 miles of road leading to Paradise in Mount Rainier National Park. Among the early work will be the staging of equipment and materials.
Published February 26th, 2014 - 7:52AM

A four-year rehabilitation project is scheduled to begin Monday on the 17.6-mile road leading to Paradise in Mount Rainier National Park.

Park officials are warning visitors to allow themselves an extra hour roundtrip when making the drive on weekdays through early fall.

Published February 24th, 2014 - 7:49AM

Mount Rainier National Park officials plan to open the road to Paradise today, but say the opening of the gate will be delayed. There are 169 inches of snow at Paradise Monday according to the Northwest Avalanche Center.

Published February 23rd, 2014 - 9:12AM

Mount Rainier National Park opened the road from Longmire to Paradise on Sunday morning at 9 a.m. Vehicles are required to carry chains and two-wheel drive vehicles must use them above Longmire.

The road is open for the second consecutive day after storms forced a weeklong closure. The Northwest Avalanche Center reports 171 inches of snow at Paradise. The avalanche risk in the Washington Cascades and Olympics remains “considerable” according to

Published February 22nd, 2014 - 10:49AM
Despite heavy snows, road crews at Mount Rainier National Park managed today to open the 12-mile road from Longmire to Paradise.
Published February 22nd, 2014 - 7:51AM

After a one-week closure that saw Paradise receive more than 6.5 feet of snow, Mount Rainier National Park crews are working to get the road to the popular destination open.

The park posted on its Twitter feed Saturday morning that the opening of the 11-mile stretch of road between Longmire and Paradise will be delayed as crews clear snow. All vehicles will be required to carry chains. 


Published February 22nd, 2014 - 3:03AM
The heavy snowfall that hit the Cascades this month has Jim Ziolkowski slamming doors. When he leaves the facilities maintenance office at Longmire at the entrance to Mount Rainier National Park, he gives the door a swing that shakes the old wooden building to its frame. When he comes back in, he slams it again. It’s not that Ziolkowski is frustrated by the amount of snow that’s fallen on the park in the past three weeks — although as he’s acting facilities manager, one might forgive him for that.
Published February 21st, 2014 - 7:18AM
The road to Paradise in Mount Rainier National Park hasn’t been open since Valentine’s Day, and that streak won’t end today.
Published February 19th, 2014 - 8:34AM
Epic powder days come with avalanche, deep snow warnings.
Published February 18th, 2014 - 8:48AM
After a slow start to winter, there is no shortage of snow in the mountains.
Published February 16th, 2014 - 7:01PM
Chad Kellogg, a former Mount Rainier climbing ranger believed to be the first person to climb Rainier in fewer than five hours, died Friday in a mountaineering accident in Patagonia.
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