Autumn has officially arrived at Mount Rainier National Park, and as the leaves start to turn color, park facilities begin the extended process of winterization to prepare for changing weather. Most park areas are still accessible by road, even as facilities begin to close for the season. Autumn is a wonderful time of the year to visit the park!
VISITOR CENTERS & PICNIC AREAS
Visitor Centers remain closed. Outdoor information stations are posted outside of the visitor centers with maps, brochures, and a staff person to answer intermittent questions throughout the day. 25. Picnic areas at Cougar Rock, Paradise, Box Canyon, and Ohanapecosh have estimated closure dates later in October, which is weather dependent.
The National Park Inn at Longmire is open providing lodging, and to-go meals and beverage service. To-go meals and beverages can be enjoyed on the covered porch at the inn, at a nearby picnic area weather permitting, or from the comfort of your vehicle in the parking area. The Longmire General Store is open daily from 9:00 AM to 6:00 PM now thru October 31, 2020. Beginning November 1, 2020, the operating hours for the general store will be 8:30 AM to 6:00 PM. Trails, parking areas, and restrooms are open. The museum is closed.
Trails, parking areas, and restrooms are open. The Paradise Inn remains closed for the year. There is currently no food service or lodging at Paradise. The nearest dining and accommodations are found at Longmire at the National Park Inn. Wondering what current conditions at Paradise are like? Click here to view the National Park Service webcams stationed at Paradise for helpful insights.
SUNRISE & WHITE RIVER
The road to Sunrise is estimated to close for the season October 26, weather dependent. Please expect up to 20-minute delays due to ongoing road paving work. There is currently no access to the park from SR410 from the north through Enumclaw/Greenwater due to a closure on SR 410. Visitors can still access the Sunrise area of the park by using the Nisqually entrance and taking Stevens Canyon Road over to the White River entrance. Stevens Canyon Road is estimated to close for the season October 26, weather dependent. NOTE: Expect minor delays due to one-lane alternating traffic around a section of road damage. Stevens Canyon Road requires vehicles to pass through a tunnel, the maximum height for vehicles passing through the tunnel is 12 feet 6 inches.
The Sunrise Day Lodge is closed for the season. This week is the final opportunity of the season to camp at the White River Campground, which closes for the season beginning September 28. The campgrounds at Cougar Rock and Ohanapecosh will remain open for camping until October 12, with first-come-first-served availability. Picnic areas at Cougar Rock, Paradise, Box Canyon, and Ohanapecosh have estimated closure dates later in October, which is weather dependent. The road to White River Campground is estimated to close for the season on Oct. 26, weather dependent.
The bridge just south of the White River campground, on the Wonderland trail, washed away. Wonderland hikers will have to detour around via the road. Signs are posted to advise of the situation.
Mowich Lake Road is estimated to close for the season October 19, weather dependent.
The parkwide fire ban has been lifted. Remember, campfires are only permitted in designated campfire rings in campgrounds. Keep fires small and never leave a fire unattended.
Hikers are encouraged to monitor weather forecasts, carry the “10 Essentials,” and bring gear suitable for any conditions. All overnight travel in the park requires a backcountry permit reserved online at least a week in advance. Contact one of the park’s Wilderness Information Centers and visit the park’s website, www.nps.gov/mora, for more information about hiking safety in Mount Rainier National Park.
Additional seasonal closures will be announced at a future date. Before making plans, check the current status of roads, facilities, campgrounds, and trails on the park website at www.nps.gov/mora.
Additional road status https://www.nps.gov/mora/planyourvisit/road-status.htm