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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 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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June 21, 2014 at 6:00 AM

Tell us: What does Mount Rainier mean to you?

Cyclists pause at Inspiration Point near Mount Rainier. (Photo by Bettina Hansen / The Seattle Times) What does Mount Rainier National Park mean to you? Share your stories and photos on Instagram and Twitter using #RainierMemories, or fill out the form at the bottom of this page and we’ll feature many of your responses. [do action=”custom_iframe” url=”//storify.com/seattletimes/readers-share-memories-of-mount-rainier/embed?border=false”…

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June 21, 2014 at 6:00 AM

Reader pictures from Washington’s national parks

We’re writing about Washington’s three big national parks, with stories on Mount Rainier  and Olympic National Park and North Cascades  National Park. In recent weeks we’ve asked readers to submit their best images from Washington’s national parks for a photo contest. THE CONTEST IS NOW CLOSED. Thanks to all who entered; you can…

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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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February 18, 2014 at 5:08 PM

Road work to slow midweek visits to Mount Rainier for months

A historic motorcoach travels the road to Mount Rainier, where construction will soon cause traffic delays. (photo by Ken Lambert / The Seattle Times) 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…

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February 11, 2014 at 11:43 AM

Free entry to national parks, forests, refuges this weekend

A visitor looks out on the mountains of Olympic National Park from the park’s Hurricane Ridge Visitor Center. (photo by Ken Lambert/The Seattle Times, 2013) 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…

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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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