As of Friday, March 28, 2014
Mount Rainier National Park Superintendent Randy King advises that the public sledding area at Paradise will be groomed and staffed through this weekend.
Beginning Monday, March 31, the snow play runs will no longer be maintained and sledding will not be permitted anywhere in the park due to safety concerns.
Park staff will utilize the snow play grooming equipment to begin spring snow removal operations around the park.
While sledding activities will be ending at Paradise, great opportunities still exist for cross-country skiing, snowshoeing and winter camping in the Paradise and Longmire areas.
Before heading out, visitors are advised to check the park’s web page at www.nps.gov/mora, call 360-569-2211 for recorded updates and current conditions (road, weather and avalanche). Information is updated each morning, as soon as current information is available.
The popular Ranger-led snowshoe walks will also continue until Sunday. The walks are offered at 11:15 a.m. and 1:45 p.m. and are limited to 25 people, eight years old or older, on a first-come-first-served basis.
The main gate at the park’s Nisqually (southwest) Entrance remains open 24 hours, seven days a week, as does the road between the entrance and the historic Longmire District. The road between Longmire and Paradise is gated each evening and reopened each morning as soon as conditions and staffing allow. Monday through Friday, the targeted gate opening time is 9 a.m. The gate is closed to uphill traffic at 4 p.m. and closed to all traffic at 5 p.m. (Vehicles must leave Paradise by 4:30 p.m.) On Saturday and Sunday, the uphill gate remains open until 6 p.m. and is closed to all traffic at 7 p.m. (Vehicles must leave Paradise by 6:30 p.m.) Morning gate opening remains at 9 a.m. Once winter snowfall conditions subside for the season, rangers will be leaving the Longmire-Paradise gate open all day and night until next winter. A public notification will be made when this occurs.
All vehicles entering the park are required to carry tire chains in their vehicle through May 1.