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June 28, 2013 at 2:26 PM

Mount Rainier’s Sunrise road open, but trails still deep in snow

Here's what it looked like Friday afternoon at the Sunrise visitor center at Mount Rainier National Park, in a screenshot taken from the park webcam.

Here’s what it looked like Friday afternoon up at the Sunrise visitor center at Mount Rainier National Park, in a screenshot taken from the park webcam.

The road up to Sunrise, the glorious viewing/hiking area at 6,400 feet on the northeast side of Mount Rainier National Park, opened Friday for the summer season.  But don’t rush up there this weekend thinking you can go for a high-country hike or see the alpine flowers.  There’s still at least a couple of feet of snow on trails near Sunrise. 

The Sunrise hiking trails aren’t closed, however, and hikers may find some snow-free stretches (out around the Mount Fremont Lookout trail) especially as the hot weather continues.  But for now be prepared for snowy walks, route-finding and changeable weather.  Still, it’s less snow than at this time  last year when Sunrise was still buried under about 10 feet of snow. 

 The day lodge/cafe up at Sunrise also opened Friday as did the White River campground at the start of the Sunrise Road. 

The road to Paradise, on the south side of Rainier, remains open year around.

Get updates on road and trail conditions at the park website and on Twitter @MountRainierNPS.

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