Opening of the Mt Rainier-area passes getting close - April 23, 2012

posted Apr 23, 2012, 10:11 PM by Luke Hizer   [ updated Apr 23, 2012, 10:21 PM ]
Looking at the latest Mt Rainier road conditions, it appears that the Cayuse and Chinook passes could open in less than 2 weeks, on May 4th:

SR 410/123 (Cayuse Pass) North boundary to south boundary
CLOSED for the season. Estimated to open May 4. Opening is weather dependent.

Commercial vehicles prohibited at all times. For more information, check the

Washington State Dept. of Transportation or call 1-800-695-ROAD (7623) toll-free statewide or 206-DOT-HIWY (368-4499) in the greater Seattle area.
SR 410 (Chinook Pass)
CLOSED for the season. Estimated to open May 4. Opening is weather dependent.
Commercial vehicles prohibited at all times. For more information, check the Washington State Dept. of Transportation or call 1-800-695-ROAD (7623) toll-free statewide or 206-DOT-HIWY (368-4499) in the greater Seattle area.

The conditions page also gives May 25th as the estimated opening date for the opening of Paradise Valley (NPS Video of the work) and Steven's Canyon Rd. The rest of the important roads show late June opening dates, but they will move around a bit depending on the weather.
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