Just as hikers and motorists were thinking of heading to the scenic beauty of Chinook Pass on State Route 410 for the Memorial Day holiday, the state Department of Transportation once again has closed the highway due to snow slides.
The closure is in effect between Morse Creek and SR 123. Highway officials say slide removal and avalanche control work are in progress but the roadway will remain closed until at least Saturday night.
The summit of the pass is 5,430 feet and DOT had just opened the pass for the season at 12:30 p.m. Friday. Chinook Pass provides the east entrance to Mount Rainier National Park and sits between the towns of Enumclaw and Naches. The state closes the pass every winter because of the extreme avalanche danger.