Friday, July 3, 2015
Thursday, July 2, 2015
Wednesday, July 1, 2015
Tuesday, June 30, 2015
It's almost time for the Eatonville 4th of July Parade. Be a part of the park's participation in this special event.
This year we will be celebrating 100 year of the Wonderland Trail.
We need a set of "banner babes and/or dudes", flag wavers, folks smiling, waving, and giving high fives. As usually you can wear your uniform. But you can also dress to hike the Wonderland Trail. Or better yet, dress to work on the trail. I'll have trail crew tools for you to carry!
Park staff, volunteers, scouts and their family members are welcome to join.
If you wish to take part, we gather at 11:30 AM, usually on Pennsylvania Ave., near Lynch St., one block west of the football stadium at Eatonville High School. The exact spot is different each year and is not known until we arrive. Just look around for some ranger hats. For more information contact Jim_Ross (at) nps.gov
Please join us!
Monday, June 29, 2015
Construction on the Nisqually to Paradise Road will cease over the upcoming holiday weekend, July 3 - 5. While visitors can normally expect to experience delays on weekdays during daylight hours there will be no work this Friday, July 3.
It is still important to remember to drive safely when traveling along the park’s roads. The roads are narrow and winding. Roads throughout the park can be rough and uneven.
Construction along the road from Nisqually Entrance to Paradise began in May and is expected to continue through the end of July. Work will resume again in early October. Delays of up to 15 minutes at each stop and no more than 30 minutes total through the project can be expected.
The road construction project is needed to address deteriorating road conditions that are due to many factors including abundant precipitation, structural and design deficiencies, large traffic volumes, and normal wear. These improvements will preserve the road’s integrity as a popular scenic drive, and provide continued safe access for years to come.
Additional information on this important project is available on Mount Rainier National Park’s website: http://www.nps.gov/mora/getinvolved/nisqually-paradise-road.htm. Also, Follow MountRainierNPS https://twitter.com/MountRainierNPS on Twitter for updates on road construction status.
Saturday, June 27, 2015
New this afternoon:
"There is a parkwide fire ban in effect due to ongoing drought conditions and a red flag warning for the Mount Rainier area. Cooking by propane and white gas stoves and charcoal is permitted."
This ban affects all campgrounds in the park, including the Longmire Volunteer Campground.
Thursday, June 25, 2015
From the National Weather Service's Special Weather Statement for the weekend:
...HOT WEATHER IS EXPECTED FRIDAY THROUGH THE WEEKEND AS WELL AS RISING FIRE DANGER...
DURING HOT WEATHER IT IS IMPORTANT TO STAY HYDRATED BY DRINKING PLENTY OF WATER. IF YOU ARE MORE SUSCEPTIBLE TO THE HEAT...STAY INSIDE IN AIR CONDITIONED AREAS. AVOID LEAVING CHILDREN AND PETS UNATTENDED IN CARS...AS TEMPERATURES INSIDE PARKED CARS CAN RISE VERY QUICKLY TO DEADLY LEVELS. REMEMBER TO APPLY SUNSCREEN IF YOU ARE OUTDOORS.
There are a lot of activities scheduled in the park this weekend. The Washington Trails Association will be working on trails... Meadow Rovers will be out in force... Citizen Scientists are in bloom... and our intrepid volunteer program assistant, Crow, is still looking for people to help with Adopt-a-Highway litter patrol on Sunday morning.
Please make safety your number one concern. Watch your hydration and sun exposure, and take shelter if it becomes too much. Remember: the first rule of having fun is to STAY SAFE!