Mount Rainier Updates for Memorial Day Weekend

DATE: 5/20/09

With Memorial Day weekend rapidly approaching Mount Rainier National Park
Acting Superintendent Randy King reminds park visitors of last minute
updates to current conditions at the park.

OHANAPECOSH CAMPGROUND: Loops A, B, and C at Ohanapecosh Campground will
open to the public at noon on Friday, May 22. If Maintenance crews are able
to get the remainder of over 100 trees that fell in the campground during
the winter cleaned up, Loop D may open, but will not have restrooms or
water available.

OHANAPECOSH VISITOR CENTER will open at noon on May 22.

COUGAR ROCK CAMPGROUND will not be open in time for the Memorial Day
weekend. Two to three feet of snow remains on the ground in the area
covering campsites.

STEVENS CANYON ROAD from the west side of the park will be open to
Reflection Lakes and from the east side to the Grove of the Patriarchs.
With the spring road opening, some additional damage was discovered between
Box Canyon and Backbone Ridge which will be repaired by the park. Once this
repair is done, visitors will be able to drive as far as Backbone Ridge
from the west. The major storm damage repairs on Stevens Canyon (MP 14.1)
will begin in June with expected completion by mid-August. The road will
remain closed to through traffic until the repair is done.

May 22. No water will be available. The White River Campground is
scheduled to open June 26.

CARBON RIVER ROAD is open to hikers only due to storm damage.

Facilities currently open include the Paradise Inn, National Park Inn and
General Store, the Henry M. Jackson Memorial Visitor Center, Longmire
Museum, and Paradise Guide House.