Despite the snow that continues to fall at higher elevations – they had 3 inches of new snow at Paradise Wednesday – Cougar Rock Campground at Mount Rainier National Park will open Friday at noon.
“There is still snow on the ground in the campground, so campers should be aware that while they may have a cleared spot to park their vehicle, they should expect to have to dig out their picnic tables and a space for tents in many of the sites,” said Chief Ranger Chuck Young.
Potable water, restrooms and other facilities are up and running, he added.
Public road access into the White River Campground opened up Wednesday. The campground won’t open until June 24, however, as there is still quite a bit of clearing to take place and getting the water and power utilities up and running, Young said.
But, opening the road enables climbers to drive and park in the campground to access the Glacier Basin Trail.