Mount Rainier press release - Sunrise area & White River Campground openings delayed

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Donna_Rahier

17 Jun, 2011 07:29 PM

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people so that all may experience our heritage.
Mount Rainier National Park News Release
                                                                                    
                                                                                    
                                                                                    

June 17, 2011
For Immediate Release
Contact: Donna Rahier, 360-569-6501

Deep Snow Conditions Will Delay Opening of Sunrise Area and the White River
Campground; Entrance Fees Waived on June 21

Deep and persistent snow levels at higher elevations on Mount Rainier will
delay the opening of the road to Sunrise until at least July 8. Park road
crews, using bulldozers and a rotary snow blower, are working daily to
remove snow from the road and expect to reach the parking area at Sunrise
early next week. Once access is available, additional park and Washington
Conservation Corps crews will be brought into the area to shovel out
buildings and activate the power and water systems.

Since July 1, 2010, a total of 907 inches of snow have fallen at Paradise.
The record for the park is 1,122 of snowfall during the 1971-72 winter
season. Cool and wet temperatures have persisted into June, delaying snow
melt in the upper elevations and slowing snow removal operations that began
in March. Washington State Department of Transportation (WSDOT) road crews
have faced similar deep snow conditions on Highway 410, delaying the
opening of Chinook Pass on the east side of the park. WSDOT’s projected
opening for Chinook Pass is June 23 at 10:00 AM.

Persistent snow conditions will also delay the opening of the White River
Campground until July 1. The road to the campground is open and
accessible. Mowich Road opening operations will be delayed until snow
removal at Paradise and Sunrise are completed. All other park roads and
areas are open. Travelers are advised to check the park’s website prior to
a visit to get updated information on road and trail conditions, services
and activities. Mount Rainier National Park’s website is at: www.nps.gov/
mora. Attached are recent photos of current snow conditions at Sunrise.
Other photos are posted on the park website.

Please check the WSDOT website, www.wsdot.wa.gov, for current updates on
all highway and pass conditions in Washington State.

June 21 is a FEE FREE DAY at Mount Rainier!

June 21 marks the first day of summer and the next FEE FREE DAY at Mount
Rainier National Park and all other national parks charging entrance fees
across the nation. This is one of 17 fee free days that have been
designated this year. Other remaining fee free periods are September 24
(National Public Lands Day), and November 11-13 (Veteran's Day Weekend).

Fee free days serve to encourage Americans to visit and appreciate their
national parks.

                                   -NPS-

(See attached file: snow comparison - Sunrise Visitor Center June 9
2011.pdf)(See attached file: snow comparison - Sunrise restroom June 9
2011.pdf)

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