Thursday, September 25, 2008

Seasonal Changes

Folks visiting Mt. Rainier National Park after the Labor Day holiday should consider the NPS uses September as the transistion month for seasonal operations at visitors centers and roads. In additon, the NPS has scheduled changes to accommodate the new visitors center at Paradise. These will be described below.

Visitors Centers: The Sunrise Visitors Center is closed (9/8/08). The old Jackson Visitors Center closed this coming Monday (9/29/08) and the new one opens October 10-11th, see Web page ). The Ohanopecosh Visitors Center closes Monday October 13th. The Longmire Visitors Center is open all year except for inclement weather.

Lodging: The Paradise Inn closes October 6th and National Park (Longmire) Inn is open year around.

Campgrounds: The White River campground closes September 29th. The Ohanopecosh and Cougar Rock campgrounds close October 6th. The Sunshine campground is permanently closed and the Ipsut Creek campground is now a hike-in backcountry campground now (permit required).

Roads: All highways are currently open except the Sunrise road which closes October 14th. The Westside Road is open to Dry Creek with some section still under construction, and will close at the highway turnoff sometime later this fall, depending on snowfall.

Trails: All trails are open at this time. You can get the latest status from the NPS Web page.

That's it for now. You can get additional information from the current conditions Web page.

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