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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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October 1, 2013 at 12:58 PM

Planning a hike or campout? Federal shutdown complicates things

Mount Rainier National Park's Paradise Inn, which was to have ended its season Oct. 7, has closed for the year, as part of the federal government shutdown. (file photo by Greg Gilbert/The Seattle Times)

Mount Rainier National Park’s Paradise Inn, which was to have ended its season Oct. 7, has closed for the year, as part of the federal government shutdown. (file photo by Greg Gilbert/The Seattle Times)

If you’re planning an outing to a National Forest or National Park, expect to find closed gates in many places, and good luck nailing down information on where you’re heading: Basically, staffers have almost all shut the doors and gone home, or aren’t answering phones, because of the federal government shutdown.

A phone call Tuesday to the Outdoor Recreation Information Center at Seattle’s REI store, usually a good source of information on both National Forests and National Parks, got this recorded message: “Because of the federal government shutdown we have been furloughed. We cannot check phone messages until the government reopens.”

National parks and their campgrounds are closed, and rangers are giving backcountry hikers and campers 48 hours to get out of the parks. Try to even check the Mount Rainier

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