Park Superintendent Randy King advises that the park will be extending the evening weekend hours on the Longmire to Paradise road beginning Saturday, March 8. Those hours will be:
6:00 p.m. Uphill gate closes
7:00 p.m. Downhill gate closes, road closed
Weekdays, Monday-Friday hours will remain the same as present through March:
4:00 p.m. Uphill gate closes
5:00 p.m. Downhill gate closes, road closed
Opening of the gate at Longmire in the morning will remain at 9:00 a.m. Actual open and close times will be dependent on current conditions (weather, avalanche conditions, safety factors, staffing).
Visitors are reminded that the road between the Nisqually Entrance and Longmire is open year round, unless closed by extreme conditions.
All vehicles are required to carry tire chains when driving in the park from November 1 through May 1. Traction tires or chains may be required on any type of vehicle, at any time.
There’s always plenty to do in and around Mount Rainier, any day of the week! Visitors are encouraged to obtain up-to-the-minute updates on road conditions and restrictions by calling the park at 360-569-2211 for recorded information. View park webcams at http://www.nps.gov/mora/photosmultimedia/webcams.htm for conditions at Paradise, Longmire, and Carbon River. Information is also available through the park’s social media pages on Facebook, and on Mount Rainier's Twitter feed. Links used: http://facebook.com/MountRainierNPS; http://twitter.com/MountRainierNPS; http://youtube.com/MountRainierNPS; http://flickr.com/groups/MountRainierNPS