Free Visitor Shuttle Service to Begin June 18

DATE: 6/17/10

For Immediate Release-_
Chuck Young, Chief Ranger, 360-569-2211, ext. 3300

Mount Rainier Superintendent Dave Uberuaga has announced that park visitors will once again be able to utilize the free visitor shuttle for transportation into the park from Ashford, Longmire and Paradise during the 2010 summer season. On Friday, Saturday and Sunday the shuttle will conduct regular runs between Longmire and Paradise with stops at Cougar Rock and Narada Falls on the uphill run, and stopping at Comet Falls and Cougar Rock on the downhill run. At Longmire, visitors will board the shuttle at the historic Longmire Gas Station. On Saturday and Sunday, only, visitors can board the shuttle in Ashford at Whittaker’s Summit Haus (on SR 706), connecting with the Paradise Shuttle in Longmire.

Parking at Paradise is limited due to the popularity of this unique area and limited parking spaces. Even with both upper and lower Paradise parking lots open this summer, the park is anticipating that parking and traffic will be congested at Paradise; those choosing to drive should expect traffic and long waits to get a parking space. For the added enjoyment of your trip to Mount Rainier, the National Park Service strongly encourages the public to save themselves gas and the stress of driving up the mountain by taking the free shuttle this summer from Longmire or Ashford.

The shuttle service will run through September 5, 2010.

For shuttle schedules and other park information, check the park’s web page at http: / / /mora /planyourvisit /shuttle.htm< /a>.

Mount Rainier National Park’s visitor shuttle service is made possible in part by a grant from ashington’s National Park Fund and The Boeing Company Charitable Trust.