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.