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Category: Parks
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 17, 2014 at 4:49 PM

Road to Olympic Hot Springs reopens after 3-year closure

  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 stock-user access to the Olympic Hot Springs Trail, a 2.5-mile hike from the trailhead. Park officials urge visitors to consult…

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September 30, 2014 at 3:05 PM

Expect Olympic National Park road delays in next 10 days

Visitors to Olympic National Park in coming days should expect delays on some park roads as crews begin work to remove dirt and debris from drainage ditches.  Roads will remain open throughout the work, but some significant traffic stops are anticipated, park officials announced. Expect delays as follows: Sol Duc Road: Motorists may encounter northbound delays…

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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 27, 2014 at 2:46 PM

Cascade River Road work delayed, so head for the hills

If you had canceled your annual fall hike to North Cascades National Park’s Cascade Pass because of the pending closure of the Cascade River Road, go ahead and make plans after all. The national park announced Wednesday that a major repair that would have meant a long closure this fall of the road’s last three miles…

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August 13, 2014 at 12:57 PM

Guided walks on what was water at Olympic peninsula’s Elwha

Take a walk on what was once a lake on the Olympic Peninsula. Olympic National Park rangers will lead free guided walking tours four times a week starting Aug. 19 through Sept. 2, on Tuesdays and Sundays at 10 a.m. and 2 p.m.,  on what was once Lake Aldwell near Port Angeles.  The lake drained away…

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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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July 7, 2014 at 11:53 AM

Olympic park’s Madison Falls Trail closed for improvements

The one-tenth mile Madison Falls Trail in Olympic National Park’s Elwha Valley has closed to public entry for three weeks beginning Monday.  Park trail crews and volunteers will make significant improvements to the trail, including construction of a new rock retaining wall, installation of new railings and trail surface, and replanting of the work area. This…

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July 2, 2014 at 2:59 PM

Your holiday weekend campfire (in a campground) is safe (so far)

The good news: So far, your Independence Day weekend campfire in a designated campground with fire rings is not in danger of being banned. But crackdowns are starting in dry areas east of the Cascades. In the past few days, these fire restrictions have been announced: No burning is allowed on state Department of Natural Resources-protected lands east…

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May 20, 2014 at 5:17 PM

Paradise Inn opens Wednesday, much more at Rainier open for holiday weekend

Despite the 13 feet of snow remaining in meadows outside, Paradise Inn at Mount Rainier opens for the season Wednesday, and doors and gates will swing wide for Memorial Day weekend at several more public facilities in Mount Rainier National Park. Scheduled to open Friday, May 23, are the Stevens Canyon Road, White River Road…

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