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Sunrise road opens Friday, Visitor Center opens July 3
The Sunrise Road and Sunrise Lodge will be open for public access beginning Friday, June 28. The Sunrise Visitor Center will open to the public at 10 a.m. Wednesday, July 3.
The recent warm spring weather in the Northwest has assisted with the snowmelt and allowed the park staff to open earlier than scheduled.
Sunrise sits at an elevation of 6,400 feet on the eastern flanks of Mount Rainier. It is the highest point in the park that can be reached by vehicle and is usually closed from late October until early July due to snow. Approximately 3 to 4 feet of snow is on the ground in the Sunrise area.
Other openings include:
• Cougar Rock Campground, June 27
• White River Campground, June 28
• Mowich Lake Road, July 3 (parking lot clear; approximately 3 feet of snow remains; lake is still frozen, but melting out; trail route finding necessary)
• Narada Falls Trail, open, but may close intermittently for construction zone safety.
Other areas in the park that are open include Ohanapecosh, Paradise, Longmire and Carbon River.