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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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June 30, 2014 at 11:22 AM

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

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 officially started on Friday. The Sunrise road opened Friday, and the Sunrise Day Lodge began summer operations on Saturday. The Sunrise Visitor…

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June 21, 2014 at 6:00 AM

Photo contest: Share your pictures from Washington’s national parks

We’re writing about Washington’s national parks, with stories on Mount Rainier published recently (and Olympic and North Cascades park stories coming up). Now we’re looking for Seattle Times  readers’  best images from Washington’s national parks. Submit your  spectacular scenics, wildlife shots or simply family fun. We’ll judge the best and award a $250 REI gift…

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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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February 18, 2014 at 5:08 PM

Road work to slow midweek visits to Mount Rainier for months

Planning a weekday snowshoeing expedition to avoid the crowds at Narada Falls? If a midweek trip to Mount Rainier is in your plans, you might want to go soon. After that, your drive could take a half-hour longer each way. Mount Rainier National Park officials announced Tuesday that rehabilitation of 17.6 miles of road between the…

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February 11, 2014 at 11:43 AM

Free entry to national parks, forests, refuges this weekend

Celebrate this Presidents Day weekend, Saturday through Monday, Feb. 15-17, with a free visit to a national park, national forest or wildlife refuge. All three days are included as fee-free days for 2014 for parks, museums, trails and other facilities operated by the National Park Service and U.S. Forest Service. In Washington, that includes Mount…

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December 19, 2013 at 4:44 PM

Snoqualmie skiers’, Rainier sliders’ hopes ride on storms

EXPECT THIS: Friday will be the big snow day in the Cascades, forecasters say. (archive photo by Mike Siegel / The Seattle Times, 2012)

EXPECT THIS: Friday will be the big snow day in the Cascades, forecasters say. (archive photo by Mike Siegel / The Seattle Times, 2012)

It’s not a record late-opening for the Summit at Snoqualmie ski area, which has yet to operate this season. But it’s getting close to a record. You can bet resort managers are doing serious snow dancing — with extra whooping and hollering — in hopes that this incoming storm packs a wallop.

Western Washington’s early-December bout of bitter cold with bright sunshine for day’s on end didn’t help the meager snow totals at many ski areas, include Summit West, whose website on Thursday was reporting an accumulation of only 7 inches so far. Even Crystal Mountain reported only 9 inches at its base.

Paradise, at Mount Rainier, is also feeling the pinch: There’s not enough white stuff yet to open the popular snow-play area for the start of school vacation this weekend, rangers said Wednesday.

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November 7, 2013 at 5:08 PM

A winter user’s guide to Mount Rainier National Park

Snowshoers thread through winter woods in Mount Rainier National Park. (archive photo by Ellen M. Banner/The SeattleTimes)

Snowshoers thread through winter woods in Mount Rainier National Park. (archive photo by Ellen M. Banner/The SeattleTimes)

Take a look at the webcam for Jackson Visitor Center at Paradise and you’ll see that snow is starting to pile up at Mount Rainier National Park. As visions of snowshoes dance in park lover’s heads, park staffers are preparing for winter operations and visitors.

“Mount Rainier provides outstanding winter recreation opportunities and has been doing so for over 100 years,”  Park Superintendent Randy King said in an email. “It’s a wonderful time to visit the park and area, provided visitors come well-prepared for the snow and road conditions.  Safe backcountry travel in winter requires an especially high level of preparation, caution, and knowledge.”

The park will transition to winter hours of operation and service on Tuesday, Nov. 12.  Here’s a roundup of what to expect all winter:

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