Outdoors

National parks transition to winter hours

With summer nearly at an end, staffers at North Cascades National Park Service Complex will begin to close campsites for the winter season.

The closures will take place in phases during September. Here is the schedule:

Tuesday: Newhalem Loop C and group sites.

Sept. 8: Colonial North Loop and Newhalem picnic sites.

Sept. 15: Newhalem Loop B, Goodell group sites and Goodell Campground.

Sept. 22: Colonial South Upper Loop, Newhalem Loop A and Newhalem dump station.

Sept. 29: Colonial South Lower Loop Lakefront, Gorge and CC dump station.

Closer to South Sound residents, Mount Rainier National Park’s campgrounds will remain open for at least the next month.

White River Campground is set to close Sept. 30, while Cougar Rock and Ohanapecosh are due to close for the winter Oct. 8.

Also at Mount Rainier, the Henry M. Jackson Memorial Visitor Center at Paradise is changing hours. From Tuesday through Sept. 14, it will be open daily 10 a.m.-6 p.m. From Sept. 15-Oct. 13, it will be open daily 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Starting Oct. 14, the center will be open 10 a.m.-5 p.m. on weekends and holidays only.

The Ohanapecosh Visitor Center will be open noon-4 p.m. through Sept. 7, and then will close for the season. The Sunrise Visitor Center is open daily 10 a.m.-6 p.m. through Sept. 21.

At Olympic National Park, the Hoh Rain Forest Visitor Center will close Monday. The Quinualt Ranger Station will be open Mondays-Fridays starting Tuesday.

Beginning Monday, the operating hours for the visitor center at Klondike Gold Rush National Historical Park will change to 10 a.m.-5 p.m.

The Seattle unit of the park is at 319 Second Ave. S. The park is open seven days week but is closed Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Year’s Day.

Admission at Klondike is free. For more information, call 206-220-4240 or go to nps.gov/klse.

State Parks app

The State Parks and Recreation Commission has released the next generation of the Pocket Ranger mobile app .

The free mobile app for iPhone and Android devices has been completely overhauled. The interactive outdoor guide, created by ParksByNature Network working with State Parks, is a guide to exploring the 117 state parks in Washington.

Updates in the app include:

• A new home-screen design that is more photocentric.



• Photo galleries on park pages.



• A new “explore” feature to optimize park searches that allows a 4-in-1 search by location, activities, category and site name.



The app also still has a number of features from the previous version, including:

• Educational info, amenities, maps and directions.



• Real-time calendar of events.



• News, advisories and weather alerts.



• Social networking and photo/video sharing.



• GPS tours and advanced GPS mapping features.



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