Summary of Areas Partially Open and What Remains Temporarily Closed
May 21, 2020 Update:
Washington State Department of Transportation (WSDOT) has opened State Routes 410 and 123 between Enumclaw and Packwood, to include Cayuse Pass. Visitors can now access the trailheads along these roads and hike in the park. Park with care in designated roadside parking areas. SR410 East over Chinook Pass (to Yakima) remains closed. Visitors can access the Ohanapecosh area for walk-in day-use recreation. Visitors should expect limited restroom facilities and be prepared to pack out their trash. Visitors are encouraged to #Recreate Responsibly.
Some park roads, parking areas and trailheads (including the Nisqually Entrance, Paradise and Longmire areas) remain closed to private vehicles. The park is planning for access to Longmire and Paradise to be restored through the Nisqually Entrance when Washington State moves to Phase Two, which is expected in early June.
The park will continue to evaluate updated health guidance and will reopen to vehicles in a phased approach when it is safe to do so. The safety of our park visitors, employees and partners remains Mount Rainier National Park’s top priority.
Following guidance from the CDC and recommendations from state and local public health authorities in consultation with NPS Public Health Service Officers, the following facilities and services are suspended until further notice:
- Some park roads closed to vehicle access including cars, buses, & motorcycles. While currently closed to motorized vehicles, park roads (except for the Nisqually Road to Paradise) are open to non-motorized vehicles like bicycles unless snow plowing or otherwise posted. During snow plowing operations or when otherwise posted, park roads are closed to all use, including hiking, skiing, snowmobiles, and bicycling.
- Nisqually Entrance/Road is also closed to pedestrian traffic on the road. Pedestrians may enter the park as long as they travel on the road shoulder out of the lane of traffic. Road shoulder is narrow so please walk in single file and use caution.
- Park visitor centers
- The National Park Inn and gift shop; visit mtrainierguestservices.com for updates on Inn operations
- Some Restrooms
- Recreation above 10,500 feet.
- The park backcountry is accessible for dispersed recreation such as hiking and winter recreation.
- SR 123 to Cayuse Pass is open. There is no vehicle access to the Ohanapecosh Campground & Vistor Center; walk-in only.
- SR 410 is open from the north boundary to the Cayuse Pass/SR123 junction. SR410 remains CLOSED from Cayuse Pass east to Chinook Pass. No access to Tipsoo Lake.
- Recreation up to high camps (10,500 feet) – Camp Muir and Camp Schurman.
- Dispersed recreation at Carbon River. Self-register for wilderness permits at the Carbon River Ranger Station. NOTE: Fairfax Forest Reserve Road E. remains closed at the Forest Service Road 7810 Bridge outside of the park just before the Carbon River Entrance. Park at your own risk before the closure.
Updates to this temporary closure will be posted here and on Twitter @MountRainierNPS.
People visiting the park’s backcountry during this pandemic should adhere to guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and state and local public health authorities to protect visitors and employees. As services are limited, visitors should practice Leave No Trace principles, including pack-in and pack-out, to keep outdoor spaces safe. Visitors are urged to plan ahead, hike smart, pack the Ten Essentials, and have an emergency plan. Consider learning CPR and basic wilderness first aid, especially if you are planning to hike in the backcountry.
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Visitors can call our information line at (360) 569-2211 with questions or for help with planning future trips or email.
The health and safety of our visitors, employees, volunteers, and partners at Mount Rainier National Park is our number one priority. The NPS is taking extraordinary steps to implement the latest guidance from state and local authorities, which support the Centers for Disease Control & Prevention’s (CDC) efforts to promote social distancing and slow the spread of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19).
The NPS urges visitors to do their part when visiting a park and to follow CDC guidance to prevent the spread of infectious diseases by maintaining a safe distance between yourself and other groups; washing your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds; avoiding touching your eyes, nose, and mouth; covering your mouth and nose when you cough or sneeze; and most importantly, staying home if you feel sick.
For high-risk populations, such as the elderly and people with underlying conditions, we ask that you take extra caution and follow CDC guidance for those at higher risk of serious illness.