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April 17, 2013 at 4:12 PM

National Parks Week means free admission to Mount Rainier next week

Admission to national parks throughout the country is free from April 22 to April 26 in celebration of National Park Week.

That means free admission to the open parts of Mount Rainier National Park, Longmire and Paradise, according to a National Park Service release.

Those areas are accessed through the Nisqually entrance in the southwest area of park via State Route 706. Visitors are required to bring tire chains with them to the park until at least April 30.

According to the Park Service, 16 feet of snow is on the ground at Paradise. Cross-country skiing and snowshoeing are still popular on the mountain, its release said, but ranger-led winter activities have ended for the season.

Before traveling, the service advises visitors to check weather and avalanche conditions. For recorded park information on roads and current conditions call 360-569-2211.

 

 

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