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Category: Mount Rainier National Park
January 26, 2015 at 4:37 PM

Presto, change-o at Rainier’s Paradise, where it can be rainy or sunny, but without much snow

Just to prove what they say about how quickly conditions can change on Mount Rainier, here’s a comparison of what I saw on a drive up to Paradise on Friday, when it was pouring rain up there (right), versus what was showing this sunny Monday afternoon on the park’s webcam (below). What it hasn’t been doing…

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January 15, 2015 at 10:35 AM

Get in free to state and national parks for MLK Day (and here’s a list of free days for all of 2015)

You can get in free Monday to national parks across the nation, and to Washington State Parks on Sunday and Monday. In honor of  Martin Luther King Jr. Day, this coming Monday, Jan. 19, the usual entrance fee is waived at all national parks, including Mount Rainier and Olympic. The customary entry fee is…

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November 25, 2014 at 5:03 PM

Dramatic photos of rampaging waters at Mount Rainier; park reopens Wednesday

WEDNESDAY UPDATE, Nov. 26: Mount Rainier National Park’s Nisqually entrance reopened at 8 a.m. Wednesday after Tuesday’s closure and evacuation of the park’s west side due to flooding. A logjam just above the Kautz Creek culverts on the Nisqually Road, between the Nisqually Entrance and Longmire, caused the creek to overflow onto the road Tuesday. A park…

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September 23, 2014 at 4:02 PM

Get in free to parks and forests — and maybe volunteer — on Saturday

Get in free to Washington’s national parks, state parks and national forest sites this Saturday, Sept. 27, in honor of National Public Lands Day. You can also pitch in and join a work party to help improve public lands, such as at Mount Rainier National Park, where the National Parks Conservation Association will help coordinate…

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August 20, 2014 at 12:15 PM

Three bodies recovered on Rainier, believed to be from May accident

Mount Rainier National Park staff said on Wednesday they have recovered the bodies of three climbers believed killed in a late-May fall from Liberty Ridge, on the mountain’s north side. Identification is pending by the Pierce County Medical Examiner. A total of six climbers were lost in Rainier’s worst climbing accident since the early 1980s. No…

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July 25, 2014 at 11:19 AM

Readers’ lovely photos of Washington’s national parks

You really, really  love “The Mountain.” That’s very clear, judging from the dozens and dozens of photos of Mount Rainier submitted to The Seattle Times’ national-park photo contest. We’re looking for your good photos from the three big national parks in Washington state – Mount Rainier National Park, Olympic National Park and North Cascades National Park. We’ll…

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July 15, 2014 at 10:55 AM

Jim Whittaker to join Wednesday fundraiser for Rainier search-and-rescue

If you read here recently about Kelly Jackson’s fundraising zeal after his rescue from an ill-fated climb of Mount Rainier, and were thinking of attending his West Seattle fundraiser Wednesday, here’s maybe another reason to go: Meet every Northwest climber’s idol, Jim Whittaker. Whittaker will be there selling and signing books and posters, with proceeds…

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July 11, 2014 at 5:28 PM

Memorial for outdoors writer Karen Sykes is Monday

A public memorial service for outdoors writer and photographer Karen Sykes, who perished on a Mount Rainier hike last month, will be Monday, July 14, at the Mountaineers Seattle Program Center in Magnuson Park. Sykes wrote for several publications (including a popular trail column for the Seattle P-I and outdoors stories for The Seattle Times), contributed…

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July 10, 2014 at 6:01 AM

Should climbers pay for their rescue? Here’s one who’s ‘paying it forward’ (Take our poll)

Should rescued climbers be billed for their rescue? It’s a question that can generate more heat than a steam vent atop Mount Rainier. You might consider the case of Kelly Jackson, of Maple Valley, who was rescued from the mountain last August. Jackson, then 43, and four friends — all but one first-timers — topped the…

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June 30, 2014 at 11:22 AM

Summer’s here, and Sunrise is open at Mount Rainier

Some people say summer starts in Western Washington the day after the Fourth of July, but another good measure is when the Sunrise area opens at Mount Rainier National Park. By that measure, summer officially started on Friday. The Sunrise road opened Friday, and the Sunrise Day Lodge began summer operations on Saturday. The Sunrise Visitor…

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