Tuesday, May 20, 2008

Snowpack Delays Mount Rainier Park Road Openings

Many areas of the Mount Rainier National Park are still covered in snow, delaying the opening of parts of the park by several weeks longer than normal.

A press release from the park said visitors should keep this year’s heavy snow in mind while planning their visit.

Paradise, at 5,400 feet, received 898 inches of snow over the winter, and more than 15 feet are still on the ground. At Longmire 27 inches of snow still linger.

The heavy snow load, unusual low-elevation snow, and need to continue daily snow removal operations throughout April all stunted the park’s process of spring road opening.

The Stevens Canyon Road, connecting the east and west sides of the park, may not be open for Memorial weekend and will most likely open in mid-June.

The target public opening for the Sunrise Road is July 3.

Opening of State Route 410 and State Route 123, from the north park boundary south to U.S. 12, is tentatively scheduled for early next week.

No opening date has been announced by the Washington State Department of Transportation for State Route 410 east over Chinook Pass.

Visitors should check the park’s Web site (www.nps.gov/mora) or call the park at (360) 569-2211 for current information.

The Ohanapecosh Campground is scheduled to open on time May 23, but the Cougar Rock Campground will not open until June 6. The visitor center will open June 13.

Hikers should anticipate total snow cover on all trails above 3,000 feet. The trail melt out will be late this year, and backpackers planning trips on the Wonderland Trail should anticipate a lot of travel on snow throughout July.
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