Topic: Chinook Pass
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November 13, 2012 at 8:27 AM
The Associated Press
MOUNT RAINIER — The Washington Transportation Department has closed two passes on the east side of Mount Rainier for the winter.
The department says Chinook Pass on Highway 410 and nearby Cayuse Pass on Highway 123 have been closed by recent snow and avalanche danger.
November 12, 2012 at 7:48 PM
Heavy snowfall and slide activity has closed Cayuse Pass on State Route 123 and Chinook Pass on State Route 410 Monday, according to the Washington State Department of Transportation.
For updates on when the temporary closures end, check WSDOT’s online Mountain Pass Road Report.
May 25, 2012 at 1:29 PM
The Associated Press
MOUNT RAINIER — The state Transportation Department has reopened Chinook Pass on Highway 410 on the east side of Mount Rainier.
Road crews completed avalanche control and finished clearing snow Friday to make their goal of opening the pass for the Memorial Day weekend.
After the North Cascades Highway and Cayuse Pass, Chinook is the last of three Washington mountain passes to reopen after their winter closure
November 14, 2011 at 2:08 PM
Chinook and Cayuse passes are closed for the season due to wind, snow and avalanche danger.
Several feet of snow fell on the passes last week and over the weekend.
Both passes were closed temporarily Friday because of avalanche danger and today, engineers with the state Transportation Department determined that the avalanche risk was so high that the passes should be closed. They won’t reopen until spring.
Here’s what WSDOT has to say:
Chinook Pass (elevation 5,430 feet) is closed from Morse Creek (five miles east of the summit) to Crystal Mountain Boulevard (eight miles northwest of the summit). Access to the Crystal Mountain Ski Resort on eastbound SR 410 remains open. Cayuse Pass (SR 123) is closed within Mount Rainier National Park from the 4,675-foot Cayuse Pass summit to Stevens Canyon Road
November 12, 2011 at 12:44 PM
Traffic on two passes was shut down today due to heavy snowfall and high winds, according to the state Department of Transportation.
Traffic on Chinook Pass on Highway 410 is temporarily closed from milepost 74.5 near Morse Creek to milepost 57.5 near Crystal Mountain Boulevard, according to the DOT. The pass will remain closed at least through Sunday, according to a DOT news release.
“Heavy snowfall and strong winds are creating drifting snow and very poor visibility,” the DOT said.
Highway 123, Cayuse Pass, also is temporarily closed from the junction of Highways 410 and 123 to milepost 5.4 near Stevens Canyon Road.
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