Road from Longmire to Paradise Closed this Weekend Due to Storm Damage

DATE: 1/9/09

Donna Rahier – Superintendent’s Office

Mount Rainier National Park

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Mount Rainier Acting Superintendent Randy King advises that the road
between Longmire and Paradise will not open this weekend, due to damage
from the storm that hit the Pacific Northwest earlier this week.
Significant damage has occurred to about a 100′ section of the roadway on
Glacier Hill approximately 3 /4 mile above Glacier Bridge. A portion of the
outside edge of the road has sloughed off in this area, making it unsafe
for traffic at this time. Park personnel and engineers from the Federal
Highway Administration will be assessing the stability of the existing
roadway next week and discussing repair options. This damaged area
receives heavy snow during the winter and the steep hillside is susceptible
to avalanches.< /p>

The park will be open to Longmire and the National Park Inn will be open
for business, providing overnight accommodations, dining, a gift shop and
ski and snowshoe rental. Ranger-led snowshoe walks, normally done at
Paradise, will be conducted at Longmire during the weekend. Cross country
skiing and snowshoeing can be enjoyed in the Longmire area, but no sledding
is allowed. Paradise is the only sledding area in the park. The Longmire
Museum is open daily.< /p>

Visitors are reminded to be prepared for winter road conditions when
driving in the park and to carry tire chains in vehicles. Watch for
compact snow and ice and possible falling branches or trees during windy
periods.< /p>

Businesses outside the park in the gateway communities of Ashford, Elbe and
Eatonville are also open for business. < /p>