Mt. Rainier

Losing Paradise

Good article on climate and geology impacts at Mt. Rainier:

Large washout forces closure of Comet Falls Trail at Mount Rainier | The Adventure Guys – The News Tribune

Large washout forces closure of Comet Falls Trail at Mount Rainier | The Adventure Guys – The News Tribune.

Avalanche Danger this weekend 5/10/2012 – 5/17/2012

Be safe! Expect avalanches from our stretch of great weather in the Pacific Northwest. Sunday and Monday (and into Tuesday) A strong upper ridge should be over or just east of the region Sunday through Monday (and possibly extend into Tuesday). With freezing levels reaching 12-14,000 feet along with strong sunshine and light winds, this […]

Wind, snow, avalanche danger close Chinook and Cayuse passes

Date:  Monday, November 14, 2011 Contact: Summer Derrey, WSDOT communications, 509-969-7784 (Yakima/Chinook) Kris Olsen, WSDOT communications, 206-440-4475 (Shoreline/Cayuse) CHINOOK PASS – Several feet of snowfall over the weekend sent Chinook (State Route 410) and Cayuse (State Route 123) passes into hibernation for the season. Crews temporarily closed the passes on Friday, Nov. 11, due to avalanche danger. On […]

Cougar Rock Campground at Mount Rainier opens Friday at noon

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 […]

Fee to climb Mount Rainier increases

SEATTLE (AP) — Climbers will have to pay more if they want to scale Mount Rainier. Mount Rainier National Park officials announced Tuesday that an annual climbing pass will cost most adults $43, or an increase of $13. A new youth fee will cost $30 for climbers 24 and younger. The new fees go into […]

Receding glaciers on Mount Rainier threaten park’s major roadways

2006 Flood Damage Video (link coming soon) JEFFREY P. MAYOR Last updated: December 6th, 2010 12:00 PM (PST) The greatest threat to the busiest road in Mount Rainier National Park is the mountain itself. Receding glaciers, loose rocks and boulders, glacial outbursts and debris flows could combine to cut off Nisqually-Paradise Road. Half the 1.2 […]

RIP Damian, 1993-2010

From the MOUNT RAINIER VOLUNTEERS THURSDAY, OCTOBER 28, 2010 RIP Damian, 1993-2010 Allan and Damian, 2007 photo by John Chao It is with great sadness that we report the passing of one of our most faithful volunteers this afternoon. Many of you know Damian as the golden retriever service dog of volunteer Allan Dreyer. But […]

Sunrise Road at Rainier opens Friday June 26th

The Sunrise Road in the northeast corner of Mount Rainier National Park will open Friday at noon for the season, a week earlier than originally scheduled, Mount Rainier Superintendent Dave Uberuaga said today. Sunrise Lodge, Snack Bar and Gift Shop are scheduled to open July 2. The Sunrise Visitor Center will remain closed for the […]

Chinook and Cayuse passes closed for the season

Chinook and Cayuse passes have closed for the season after the state Department of Transportation reviewed a snowy forecast and assessed the avalanche risk. Due to heavy snow accumulation on the roadway, DOT crews temporarily closed Chinook Pass just after 7:30 a.m. on Saturday. Crews assessed the stability of the hillside on Sunday morning, and […]