Mt Rainier Updates and Conditions - July 18, 2011

posted Jul 18, 2011, 10:29 PM by Luke Hizer   [ updated Jul 18, 2011, 10:48 PM ]
It's been a while since we've seen what's new down at Mt Rainier, here's the latest:
  • The last closed road - Mowich Lake - is scheduled to open on Friday. Full road report here.
  • For the more adventurous, the Mt Rainier Climbing Blog has route conditions
  • The Park has selected a plan for restoring access via the Carbon River Entrance for cars about 1.2 miles to the Old Mine Trailhead; Ipsut Creek campground would become a hike-in/bike-in. Read the full plan here.
  • Some information and links to the new Camp Muir web cam. I'll get a link up in sidebar soon.
  • Several new updates on the Backcountry Conditions page:
    • The Northern Loop trail is starting to melt out, about 40% snow covered overall
    • There's still 5ft of snow at Eunice Lake
    • Comet Falls Trail is still icy and dangerous; ice ax is recommended
    • The lower segment of Rampart Ridge Trail is melted out, but standing water, upper portion 65% covered
    • Laughingwater Creek Trail is clear of snow for 5 miles.
    • Still 10ft of snow at Paradise
    • The White River area still has a lot of snow
    • The Wonderland has a ways to go before it melts out 
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