Mt Rainier Updates and Conditions - September 18, 2011

posted Sep 18, 2011, 1:50 AM by Luke Hizer
Mt Rainier has transitioned to their fall schedule, and that means reduced services for the remainder of the season. Trails are still melted out, so there's still time to take a hike!
  • The Sunrise Visitor Center is operating on weekends only, and next weekend the 25th will be the last.
  • The White River Campground will also close after September 25th; the Cougar Rock and Ohanapecosh campgrounds will close on October 10th.
  • Turning to conditions in the park, here's a summary of the most recent reports, nearly every trail seems to be melted out or holding only a bit of patchy snow:
    • The Northern Loop has a few patches at Windy Gap
    • Spray and Seattle Parks have some snow banks left
    • In the Longmire area, all trails are clear, but there is some snow in Van Trump Park
    • Paradise is as melted out as it's going to get this year
    • No recent updates around the White River area, everything looks clear and open
    • The Wonderland is clear except the section from Summerland to Indian Bar, which is still 60% snow covered. From the report:
      Use caution around Panhandle Gap as the path can be very icy in the early mornings and late evenings. The footlog over the bridge above Summerland is IN. Follow the shoveled path and wands to the bridge. The trail is washed out a bit north of Indian Bar Camp... follow wands and rock cairns that mark the route through the meadows.
The full report is here.