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Fee hike coming to national parks in June. On Saturday they're all free

All national parks, including Mount Rainier, will be free that day — the start of National Park Week.
All national parks, including Mount Rainier, will be free that day — the start of National Park Week. dkoepfler@thenewstribune.com

The proposal to raise entrance fees to $70 at Mount Rainier and Olympic National Parks is dead. Instead they're only going up $5.

The news for park goers gets better: On Saturday, the fee will be zilch.

All national parks, including North Cascades (which does not charge an entry fee), will be free that day — the start of National Park Week.

Until last week it was looking like visitors to Rainier, Olympic and 15 other popular national parks would have to pay $70 per vehicle to enter, up from the current $25.

That was the proposal by Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke in October. The Interior Department dropped that idea last week. Instead, fees will go up to $30 per vehicle on June 1 at Mount Rainier and Olympic.

National Park Week runs through April 29.

Craig Sailor: 253-597-8541, @crsailor
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