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Published May 23rd, 2014 - 11:59AM

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.”

 
Published May 22nd, 2014 - 7:10PM

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.” 

Published May 21st, 2014 - 7:38PM
An improved budget situation will allow Mount Rainier National Park to open Cougar Rock Campground a month earlier than last year. The 173-site campground, between Longmire and Paradise, did not open until June 27 in 2013 because of budget cuts forced by sequestration.
Published May 18th, 2014 - 8:00AM
Paradise Inn at Mount Rainier National Park will open for its 97th summer season Wednesday.
Published May 18th, 2014 - 12:05AM
A new concessions contract means more money for Mount Rainier National Park, completion of deferred maintenance work and additional steps to reduce the environmental impact of park operations.
Published May 16th, 2014 - 3:14PM
Rockfall destroyed a parked car and forced the closure of Westside Road in Mount Rainier National, the park announced Friday. Several truck-sized boulders fell on the road sometime before May 14, according to statement released by the park.
Published May 14th, 2014 - 11:59AM
Skier had been hit by falling ice and snow while on Lane Peak near Reflection Lake.
Published April 8th, 2014 - 6:43PM

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.

 
Published April 7th, 2014 - 7:35AM
The National Park Service announced Monday the release of an internet video promoting National Park Week.
Published March 26th, 2014 - 2:39PM

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.

 
Published March 23rd, 2014 - 12:05AM
Pacific fishers could be reintroduced at Mount Rainier National Park as early as this fall.
Published March 14th, 2014 - 10:32AM
The snowplay area at Paradise will remain open until March 30.
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