Road to Mount Rainier's Paradise to open longer on weekends

Mount Rainier National Park officials said Monday they will extend the evening weekend hours on the Longmire to Paradise road starting Saturday.

When conditions allow the road to be open — it was closed Monday because of avalanche danger — the uphill gate will close at 6 p.m. The road and downhill gate will close at 7 p.m.

The hours Mondays through Fridays will remain as they are now, with the uphill gate closing at 4 p.m. and the downhill gate and the road closing at 5 p.m.

Park crews will continue to open the gate at Long-mire at 9 a.m., as long as conditions allow. The road between the Nisqually entrance and Longmire is open year-round, unless closed by conditions.