Construction on the Nisqually to Paradise Road at Mount Rainier National Park is on on hold until Tuesday to reduce delays for visitors.
Visitors to the part will find 12 sections of the road without pavement below Longmire.
According to a statement released Friday by the park, “Visitors are advised to stay in their designated lane. Changing lanes to avoid a rough surface through these areas is nearly impossible, and attempting to do so creates a dangerous situation, especially
around blind curves with the potential for unseen oncoming traffic.”
The Washington National Park Fund’s annual Spring Dinner and Auction raised more than $180,000 for Washington three largest national parks, the organization announced May 22.
Mount Rainier, Olympic and North Cascades national parks rangers and scientist were joined by 250 people. A portion of the evening dedicated to trail restoration generated more than $53,000.
A statement released by WNPF stated the fundraising “far exceeded its goal.”
The road between Longmire and Paradise at Mount Rainier National Park will be open overnight starting Thursday, the park announced Tuesday.
The road is typically closed at night during the winter, Some overnight closures could still occur due to poor weather. Vehicles are required to carry tire chains through May 1.
Road work continues below Longmire and visitors could face delays up to 30 minutes.
Sunday will be the last day of the sledding season at Mount Rainier National Park, the park announced Wednesday.
The groomed sledding area at Paradise is the only place where sledding is permitted in the park.
While there is still plenty of snow at Paradise (165 inches at 1 p.m. Wednesday) the snow play grooming equipment is needed to begin snow removal operations in other parts of the park.
The park remains open for other winter activities but park officials recommend visitors check weather, avalanche and road conditions and then plan accordingly before heading to the park.
Ranger-led snowshoe walks continue through March 30. The walks leave from the Jackson Visitor Center at 11:15 a.m. and 1:45 p.m. and are first-come, first-served with a room for 25 people 8 and older. A $5 donation is recommended to use the park’s snowshoe rentals.
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