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 the mountain’s north side. Identification is pending by the Pierce County Medical Examiner. A total of six climbers were lost in Rainier’s worst climbing accident since the early 1980s. No…More
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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…More
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…More
It has been my delight in recent weeks to write about Mount Rainier National Park for a special package appearing in the Sunday Seattle Times. It’s my sorrow to learn on the eve of that publication of the apparent loss on Rainier of a respected and veteran colleague. Outdoors writer and avid hiker Karen Sykes, 70,…More
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” width=”100%” height=750 frameborder=no allowtransparency=true”/] [do action=”custom_iframe” url=”https://docs.google.com/forms/d/1SVSeF0ISHgeX_obyaJAIpfFx-SZwXIVWkLcTjaflaKo/viewform?usp=send_form” width=”630″ height=”600″ scrolling=””/]More
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…More
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…More
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…More
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…More
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.More