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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

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 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 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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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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September 23, 2014 at 4:02 PM

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

Volunteers will help maintain trails around the Paradise area of Mount Rainier National Park on Saturday. (photo by Greg Gilbert/The Seattle Times) 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…

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July 25, 2014 at 11:19 AM

Readers’ lovely photos of Washington’s national parks

Mount Rainier, with the aptly named Reflection Lake in the foreground. Submitted by reader Miles Morgan for The Seattle Times’   national parks of Washington photo contest. 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…

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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)

Members of Everett Mountain Rescue lead Kelly Jackson’s climbing party from Camp Schurman on Mount Rainier. (courtesy of Everett Mountain Rescue) 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…

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June 30, 2014 at 11:22 AM

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

Catching a photo from a trail near Sunrise Visitor Center at Mount Rainier National Park. (photo by Mike Siegel/The Seattle Times, 2012) 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…

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