- Work continues at the Westside Road intersection.
- Guardrails will be installed at the double culverts in the Kautz area.
- Ricksecker and the Valley Road remain closed for the season.
- Some paving near Longmire should begin toward the end of the week.
- The paving schedule is weather dependent and subject to change.
Monday, September 15, 2014
Sunday, September 14, 2014
Received the following message from our amphibian biologist - Scott Anderson:
I checked Tipsoo lake a couple days ago and Western Toad tadpoles are just beginning to metamorphose into toadlets. The next two weekends (, 26-28) would be a great time to have some meadow rover presence along the trail around Tipsoo. The Toad numbers are not huge this year but there are at least several hundred in addition to hundreds of Cascade froglets. The newly emerged Cascade frogs have reached the trail and by next week I suspect the toadlets will be crossing the trail. Both species are concentrated around the inlet creek on the south side of the lake. I have included a couple of pictures from my recent visit. The idea would be to help prevent trampling of the toads and frogs as they cross the trail. Here again is the list of folks who helped Laura and may be interested in helping out. Please feel free to email or call if you would like additional information. I will probably send another email out or . I know it is short notice but this weekend could also be a good time for meadow rover presence but next week will be best. In the photos note size of toadlets (< 1/2 inch) and cascade froglet ( ~ 3/4 of an inch).
Saturday, September 13, 2014
|Photo courtesy of Walt Reid|
His various contributions include trail work, collecting wildflower seeds, transplanting seeds in the nursery, planting new vegetation around the new Paradise parking area, and digging out Sunrise from under the snow in the Spring. Not only that, he helps rope off restricted areas around Paradise that are still covered in snow, and he helps get the Longmire Campground ready for its volunteer guests in the Spring. He also helps with the Mount Rainier Volunteer Adopt-a-Highway program picking up litter.
As a native of Tacoma, Walt remembers taking trips to Mt. Rainier where he came to consider it "my mountain”. He graduated from the University of Washington and Yale University with degrees in Forestry and spent 41 years working for a local forestry company. After his retirement, his time was freed up to enjoy more hiking, snowshoeing and cross country skiing at Mt. Rainier. He has a cabin in the Ashford area which gives him easy access to the Park. When not at the cabin, he spends the rest of his time at a farm in Palouse.
When not volunteering at the Park, Walt belongs to an organization of US Masters Swimmers, a program for adults that provides opportunities for fitness and competition throughout the world. For the last 35 years he has been the keeper of the competitive swimming records in the USA and for the last 22 years he has served as the Masters Recorder keeping the competitive swimming records for the World Swimming Organization (FINA). This has given him the opportunity to travel to the Masters World Swimming Championships all over the world!
He was asked what in particular he likes about his Park volunteer work. His reply, “It gives me the opportunity to give back some measure of what the Park has given to me. I get satisfaction in knowing that I am making a difference and that someone appreciates what I have done. I also like the opportunity to spend time with some very interesting people.”
Walt also has a special message for Kevin Bacher, Volunteer Program Manager and Petrina "Crow" Vecchio. “I especially want to thank (them) for doing all the planning and organizing of the volunteers. They make it easy for us to know what is available, how to sign up and always give a big ‘thanks’ when the job is done."
Thursday, September 11, 2014
National Public Lands Day! Saturday September 27
Free camping is available for NPLD participants on either Friday and/or Saturday nights. Please RSVP to Nancy_Mortensen (at) partner.nps.gov with details of your request, including your name, contact information, nights requested, number of people, and number of tents (or size of RV -- no hookups are available and campsites are small).
Wednesday, September 10, 2014
Autumn is definitely setting in in the mountains, with cool nights and lots of amber grasses in the landscape. Still, the days are sunny and beautiful with blue skies, and the Washington Trails Association is still busy maintaining trails at Mount Rainier National Park! If you're looking for a late-season volunteer project, check out the full list of WTA projects at http://www.wta.org/volunteer/trail-work-parties, and look for the ones labeled Mount Rainier. This month's work is scheduled for the gorgeous Skyline Trail at Paradise.
A reminder, too: Saturday September 27 will be National Public Lands Day, so mark that on your calendar and plan to come out and help! We'll be doing multiple trail projects in the Paradise area on that date.
Saturday, September 6, 2014
Friday, September 5, 2014
Our Superintendent, Randy King, received this e-mail from a grateful visitor, and asked that I pass it along. Thank you, trail volunteers!!!
Date: Tue, Sep 2, 2014 at 2:24 PM
Subject: From NPS.gov: The Wonderland Trail
lake orion, mi 48361
I just backpacked the Wonderland Trail and I wanted to send my sincere thanks to all the workers and trail crews and volunteers who have done such an amazing job of trail design, work and maintenance. I do a lot of volunteer trail work and what I saw was some of the best and most comprehensive trails and bridges and rock creations I've ever experienced. Please send my thanks for a job so very well done!
Thursday, September 4, 2014
If you'd like to join us, don't delay: read our earlier post for details about how to sign up. There's a quick on-line orientation you'll need to complete, and then you'll be ready to go!
Wednesday, September 3, 2014
Volunteers! I have received word from Jim Ross that out booth at the Washington State Fair still has several vacancies! If you can help out on any of the following shifts, please let Jim know as quickly as possible. Contact him at Jim_Ross(at)nps.gov
Please note that shift times vary for weekdays vs. weekends!
Snowshoe Track (***** indicates URGENT!)
Friday, Sept. 12 (two volunteers) - noon-3:00 PM and 3:00-6:00 PM
Saturday, Sept. 13 - 3:00-6:00 PM
*****Sunday, Sept. 14 (two volunteers) - noon-3:00 PM
*****Friday, Sept. 19 (two volunteers) - 3:00-6:00 PM
Friday, Sept. 19 - noon-3:00 PM
Saturday, Sept. 20 - noon-3:00 PM
Friday, Sept. 5 (two volunteers) - 10 AM-1:30 PM and 1:30-5:00 PM
Saturday, Sept. 6 (two volunteers) - 10 AM-1:30 PM and 1:30-5:00 PM
Sunday, Sept. 7 (two volunteers) - 10 AM-1:30 PM and 1:30-5:00 PM
Tuesday, Sept. 9 - 2:30-5:30 PM
Wednesday, Sept. 10 - 2:30-5:30 PM
Friday, Sept. 12 (two volunteers) - 10 AM-1:30 PM and 1:30-5:00 PM
Saturday, Sept. 13 - 1:30-5:00 PM
Sunday, Sept. 14 (two volunteers) - 10 AM-1:30 PM and 1:30-5:00 PM
Tuesday, Sept. 15 (two volunteers) - 11 AM-2:30 PM and 2:30-5:30 PM
Thursday, Sept. 18 - 11 AM-2:30 PM
Friday, Sept. 19 - 10 AM-1:30 PM
Saturday, Sept. 20 - (two volunteers) - 10 AM-1:30 PM and 1:30-5:00 PM
Sunday, Sept. 21 - 1:30-5:00 PM
Friday, August 29, 2014
Labor Day Weekend - No construction on Saturday, August 29 through Monday, September 1.
The road is still a construction zone with 23 gravel patches, bumps, abrupt edges and steel plates along the 7 miles to Longmire.
WHAT TO EXPECT
The bright sunshine streaming through the forest temporarily decreases visibility at blind curves. Thus, changing lanes to avoid gravel, speeding and passing other vehicles are dangerous choices. Be safe.
August 29 to September 5
Road construction is scheduled for Tuesday September 2 to Friday September 5, from 8:15 am to 6:00 pm. Plan for a maximum 30-minute delay, including multiple short stops along the seven mile road.
• Ricksecker Point and Paradise Valley Road (the one-way road from Paradise to Stevens Canyon Road) close for the season on September 2 for repair.
• Expect minor delays uphill of Longmire on the way to Paradise. Long loads will be in transit. Flaggers will be stationed as needed.
• Small patches of pavement milling and repair continues between Nisqually Entrance and Longmire.
• Culvert work is ongoing at the juntion with Westside Road. Masonry details continue on historic culvert headwalls (the structure around culvert openings).
• The temporary barriers at Kautz and Tahoma Creeks will be removed.
• Final paving begins mid-September, exact date to be determined.