January 14, 2013 at 3:56 PM
Mount Rainier National Park entrance fees to be waived Jan. 21
Mount Rainier National Park entrance fees will be waived Monday Jan. 21 in honor of Martin Luther King Jr. Day.
The park’s Paradise snowplay area and Henry M. Jackson Memorial Visitor Center will be open for the entire three-day weekend.
Visitors can sign up for public snowshoe walks offered at 12:30 p.m. and 2:30 p.m. at the center on a first-come, first-serve basis. The two-hour, 1.2 mile walks are limited to 25 people who are 8 years and older. Donations of $4 per participant are suggested to help keep snowshoes properly repaired and replaced.
Entrance fees will also be waived later in the year for National Park Week, April 22-26; Great Outdoors Day on June 8; National Park Service Birthday on Aug. 25; National Public Lands Day on Sept. 28; and Veterans Day weekend, Nov. 9-11.
Hikers and campers should check avalanche forecasts at the Northwest Avalanche Center website before venturing out into the park.
Until May 1 all vehicles, including those with four-wheel drive, are required to carry chains when traveling into the park.
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