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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 7, 2014 at 1:43 PM

Go wild and free in national parks and beyond: A list of fee-free days

Get into Washington’s national parks — Rainier (top left), Olympic (right) and North Cascades (bottom left) for free on 11 days in 2015. (Seattle Times photos) Go wild and free at national parks, national forests and other federally-managed public lands with 11 fee-free days in 2015. There will be no entrance fee charged on the following days,…

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August 20, 2014 at 12:15 PM

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

This National Park Service photo shows Willis Wall, Liberty Ridge and the Carbon Glacier in the area where the bodies of three climbers were recovered on Mount Rainier on Tuesday. 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…

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July 31, 2014 at 2:57 PM

A flood of lovely national-park photos: Submit yours

A beach sunset at Olympic National Park. (Steve Fu photo.) Today’s the last day to submit your photos of Washington’s national parks for our Seattle Times photo contest. There’s been a flood of photos – more than 350 and still counting. The majority are of Mount Rainier National Park which looms large in Washingtonians’ psyches and lives….

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July 21, 2014 at 4:52 PM

Too close to wild things on Olympic park trail

A mountain goat and deer face off at a trail at Olympic National Park’s Hurricane Ridge in June. (Kristin Jackson photo / The Seattle Times) I wanted to keep hiking along a trail in Olympic National Park, but the animals got there first. I came around a rocky outcrop on a Hurricane Ridge trail recently to find …

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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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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. A new booklet documents historic lampshades at Paradise Inn. Scheduled to open Friday, May 23,…

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May 16, 2014 at 4:11 PM

Truck-sized boulders close Rainier park road, hit vehicle

A park worker walks near a damaged gate and vehicle hit by boulders on Mount Rainier National Park’s Westside Road. (photo courtesy of Mount Rainier National Park) A rockfall involving “truck-sized boulders” that hit an unoccupied, parked vehicle has closed the Westside Road in Mount Rainier National Park, park officials said Friday. The rockfall occurred sometime prior…

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April 17, 2014 at 12:12 PM

Free days at Mount Rainier, but still winter in Paradise

America’s national parks will be fee-free on April 19 and April 20, including Mount Rainier National Park. (Washington state parks are fee-free on April 19 and on April 22 to celebrate Earth Day) But don’t go rushing up to Paradise, the visitor area at  5,400 feet on Mount Rainier, expecting to take a hike or…

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