This note on the Rainier Trail conditions page may explain it:
August 23, 2010: PLEASE NOTE...
the Park Service is in the process of transitioning to a new program
for managing websites. There are still problems to be worked out in
getting all information from the old program moved to the new program.
In the meantime go here for official trail reports.
As mentioned, updates can be found here.
Some highlights include:
|Burroughs Mountain Trail|
Frozen Lake to Second Burroughs there is one sketchy spot of snow.
Please stay on trail or snow to avoid damaging fragile meadows||8/25/10|
|Northern Loop Trail: Berkeley Park to Windy Gap|
|A patch of snow at Skyscraper Pass.|
|Summerland to Indian Bar|
follow wanded route at Panhandle Gap.There is a snow bank at Panhandle
Gap and patchy snow to the decent to Indian Bar. Naigation is more
difficult in foggy weather|