Monday, January 12, 2009

Updated news and access

I have updated the three news and access Web pages, see the table of contents for the links. I apologize for not updating things since about Thanksgiving, and I can only say between the Thanksgiving Day Holiday and the New Year's holiday life and work got away from me. I'm slowly getting back into the photo guide and the history of the NP from 1890-1920, so you can expect more updates and new or updated Web pages over the next few months.

And so what's new? Well, Mt. Rainier NP has experienced numerous storms and has experienced minor but signifcant road and access closures. The Nisqually Entrance and road to Longmire closes occasionally from flooding between the Kautz Creek bridge to the new Kautz Creek channel east of the rest stop. The road from Longmire to Paradise closes daily and only open after snow removal, if possible.

The Longmore Visitors Center and Longmire Inn are open when accessible, and the Jackson Visitors Center is open weekends and holidays when the road is open. Everything else is closed. The Carbon River Road is closed before the NP entrance and access in the NP is restricted due to flood damage to trails, so you need to call ahead or be flexible if you're going there.

As of January 12 there is over 8' feet of snow at the Paradise snow course station (southeast of Paradise) and as much as 1-2 feet down to about 3,000 foot elevation. Snow will accumulate lower as storms go through as January to March is when the majority of the snow happens and only rarely melts.

So that's it for now. I'll keep you posted.

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