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Category: national parks
February 11, 2015 at 11:29 AM

Free entrance to national parks this weekend. But where’s winter?

The ground is bare up at the 5,242-foot-elevation Hurricane Ridge in Olympic National Park in this webcam view from the visitor center Wednesday. Normally it would be deep in snow. Got the urge to get outside this weekend — and save money? It’s a free-admission weekend at all 405 U.S. national parks Feb. 14-16 in honor…

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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

Rain poured down Friday on the almost-bare parking lot outside the visitor center at Paradise, in Mount Rainier National Park. (photo by Brian J. Cantwell / The Seattle Times) 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…

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January 26, 2015 at 2:06 PM

Whiskey Bend Road closed by slide in Olympic National Park

Olympic National Park‘s 4.5-mile Whiskey Bend Road, on the east bank of the Elwha River, is closed after the first mile due to a slide and extensive road damage, park officials reported Monday. Closures in Olympic National Park. (National Park Service map) Heavy rains and high winds earlier this month resulted in a slide that destroyed…

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Comments | More in national parks, Olympic National Park | Topics: Elwha River access, Glines Canyon viewpoints, olympic national park

January 26, 2015 at 10:11 AM

Body of hiker found in Olympic National Park

The body of a  hiker missing since late December  has been found in Olympic National Park.  Here’s the word Monday morning from park authorities: “Searchers, aided by several dog teams, yesterday (Sunday)  located and recovered the body of missing hiker James Thomas Griffin in very rugged terrain near the Boulder Creek trailhead.  Griffin, 60, of Port…

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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)

Get a close-up view of Mount Rainier on Monday when the entry fee is waived at national parks. Hoping for sledding? Sorry, the Paradise snow-play area doesn’t yet have sufficient snow. (photo by Erika Schultz / The Seattle Times) You can get in free Monday to national parks across the nation, and to Washington State Parks…

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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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November 17, 2014 at 4:49 PM

Road to Olympic Hot Springs reopens after 3-year closure

  With dam removal, many changes have come to the Elwha River Valley. (photo by Steve Ringman / The Seattle Times) Olympic National Park’s Olympic Hot Springs Road, in the Elwha River Valley, has reopened following a three-year closure while contractors removed the Glines Canyon Dam. Visitors may now reach the Boulder Creek Trailhead, which provides hiker and…

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November 4, 2014 at 2:31 PM

Mount Rainier plans to boost park-entrance fee to $25

You’ll pay more to visit Mount Rainier National Park, including the popular trails at the Sunrise area, under the park’s proposed fee increases. (Mike Siegel / Seattle Times photo) Mount Rainier National Park is planning to raise entrance fees, as are other national parks around the country, as soon as 2015. Entrance fees at Rainier would increase…

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November 3, 2014 at 5:03 PM

Olympic National Park opens new viewpoint on dam-free Elwha

This August 2014 photo shows the last section of the Glines Canyon Dam before its recent removal from the Elwha River. (Steve Ringman photo/The Seattle Times) Both dams are gone from the Elwha River on the Olympic Peninsula, and in Olympic National Park a new accessible parking area and viewpoint opened Friday to give the public…

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October 31, 2014 at 12:59 PM

$25 (and up) entrance fee proposed for Olympic, other big national parks. Have your say

Hurricane Ridge is one of the most popular areas of Olympic National Park – and it could cost you more to see it next year. (Steve Ringman / Seattle Times photo) Be prepared to pay a lot more next year to enjoy major national parks in Washington state and around the country. Following the lead of the…

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