More Mount Rainier Facilities Opening In Time for July 4th Holiday – Sunrise Area to Open Ahead of Schedule

DATE: 6/27/13


Mount Rainier National Park< /strong> < /strong>News Release< /p>

June 26, 2011

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE< /p>

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MORE MOUNT RAINIER FACILITIES OPENING IN TIME FOR JULY 4TH HOLIDAY – SUNRISE AREA TO OPEN AHEAD OF SCHEDULE< /strong>< /p>

Mount Rainier Superintendent Randy King advises that the Sunrise Road, Sunrise Lodge and Sunrise Visitor Center will be open for public access beginning Friday, June 28. The recent warm spring weather in the northwest has assisted with the snowmelt and allowed the park staff to open earlier than scheduled. < /p>

Sunrise sits at 6,400’ on the eastern flanks of Mount Rainier. It is the highest point in the park that can be reached by vehicle and is closed from late October until early July due to snow. Paradise, on the southern side of Mount Rainier sits at 5,400’ and has recorded 744”of snowfall during the measurement period so far this year. The snowfall measurement period is from July 1 – June 30. Approximately 3-4 feet of snow is on the ground in the Sunrise area.< /p>

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