Outdoors

More of Mount Rainier, Olympic parks opening for summer

While the temperatures have been summer-like, staff at Mount Rainier and Olympic national parks are still working to open roads and facilities.

Here is a look at openings and changes occurring in coming weeks:

MOUNT RAINIER

The Longmire Museum will be open daily as of Wednesday. The hours will be from 9 a.m.-4:30 p.m. through June 30. The Henry M. Jackson Memorial Visitor Center at Paradise, open daily, will extend its hours to 10 a.m.-7 p.m. Tuesday.

The Ohanapecosh Visitor Center is scheduled to open June 26, the same day as the White River Campground, while the Sunrise Visitor Center and the Day Lodge are scheduled to open June 27.

The Mowich Road, in the northwest corner of the park, is scheduled to open for the season Friday. Crews that had been working to finish repairs to a slide on Stevens Canyon Road have been grading the Mowich Road and clearing ditches to prepare it for the season.

With each passing sunny day, more wildflowers bloom at the park. At Paradise, visitors can see avalanche lilies, Jeffrey’s shooting star and some paintbrush. In other areas of the park, lupine, sitka valerian and sitka mountain ash are blooming. You can read updates at nps.gov/mora/planyourvisit/

wildflower-status.htm.

The webcam at Camp Muir is operational again, offering views to the south. You can find the image at tinyurl.com/qxbd93w. The webcams at Sunrise are expected to be online later this month when staffers reopen the visitor center there.

OLYMPIC

The Hurricane Ridge Visitor Center is open daily through Sept. 27. The Hoh Rain Forest Visitor Center is scheduled to open Wednesday, while the Kalaloch Ranger Station is set to open Tuesday. The Quinault Rain Forest Ranger Station is scheduled to open Friday, and will be open Thursdays-Mondays through Sept 13.

The Altair Campground, in the Elwha Valley, remains closed because of extensive flood damage sustained last winter.

The 4.5-mile gravel Whiskey Bend Road is closed to vehicle traffic because of a major slide. Pedestrian, bicycle and stock travel are allowed at this time, allowing access to the Glines Canyon overlook about 1 mile up the road.

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