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.
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.
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 nwac.us.
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.
Due to icy roads/sanding, the opening of the gate at Longmire will be delayed. All vehicles are required to carry tire chains. tks — MountRainierNPS (@MountRainierNPS) February 22, 2014
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