Fresh Coat

Photo Taken  from Paradise 11/10/2014
Fall snow has been slowly re-painting the mountain.  The sub-alpine meadows are blanketed and crevasses both on the lower snowfields and upper glaciers are slowly filling in.  For a snapshot of the current weather, future conditions, and past snowpacks check out our forecasting links.  Obtaining a clear mental image of weather and avalanche hazards is a good first step before any winter adventure on Mount Rainier.

Storms and snow slides can close access to the park.  Check the road status page for the most up-to-date notifications and predictions on when access will close for winter and open in the spring.  The status of the Longmire to Paradise road will be announced on Twitter all winter long - @MountRainierNPS.  Parking for overnight vehicles at Paradise is located in the upper part of the lot, across from the Paradise Inn.

Registration must be completed for any overnight adventure on the mountain - even in the winter.  Here's our permit and registration page where you can get information on how and where to register and/or buy a climbing pass if you haven't purchased one this year.  The Mount Rainier National Park Operating Hours Page also has current information up regarding the operation of information centers and ranger stations around the mountain.  

Lastly - Have fun!  There's a definitive feeling of solitude once you pass the rime iced sub-alpine trees and ascend into the true alpine zone during the winter.  Not much out there except you, lots of snow and glacier, and a big pile of rocks below that.  Whether you're on a mission to get some fresh ski tracks or dig a monster snow cave - enjoy your time here at the mountain!

Fresh Snow and Fall Colors

September 29

Another morning in Paradise
As the end of our season draws near there are some important things you should know.

Variable weather conditions are the norm here at Mount Rainier. Be prepared for rapidly changing conditions and low visibility. Get a good forecast before you leave.

Fresh snow! It's awesome!
During this last weather cycle Camp Muir received ~ 1' of snow creating several foot drifts around camp. Snow level was down to Pebble Creek/7,200' or so.
Be aware that fresh snow can camouflage the crevasses on the Muir Snow Field, and elsewhere on the mountain. Be alert. Review and practice your avy skills. Cross your fingers and toes for lots of it.

Starting this week is the mass reduction of the Climbing Ranger and other Ranger staff here to help you. The guide services are also closing down their operations this week. This means that there will be no ladders or wands between Paradise and the summit.  If you bring your own please remember to take them with you when you leave.

Expect to break your own trail, be it from Paradise to Camp Muir or on the upper Mountain.
Think Prevention, take your safety seriously. Help might be awhile getting to you. Plan ahead and prepare, you are your own best rescuer.

Self-registration will be available on the porch of the Paradise Old Station (small building between the Jackson Visitor Center and the Paradise Inn). Please follow the instructions carefully. Help us help you. If we can't read it we can't help you.
    • Fill out your registration card completely
    • Fill it out neatly
A note about doors. Please make sure all doors are closed securely when you are done. If doors aren't properly closed their respective structures fill up with snow and ice.
Doors to think about: Camp Muir public shelter doors, Camp Muir bathroom doors, Paradise Old Station porch door, self-registration box cabinet door, Paradise bathroom doors.

Have fun, stay safe, and enjoy this magical place.

Sunny September

The month of September is already more than half over!  With clear skies and almost no precipitation climbers have still been getting up to the summit via the Disappointment Cleaver.  The route has stayed in incredible shape for this time of year.  A warmer, and more importantly, drier forecast for the end of this month would offer outstanding late-season climbs.  See route report links to the right for pictures and more details.

At the height of the climbing season (July and early-August) we'll have almost 1000 climbers a week on the mountain.  Now, in mid-September, there are 100 climbers a week or so.  If you're looking for a bit more solitude and 'wilderness' mountain experience - now is the time to climb.  

Check the Mount Rainier National Park website for the fall/winter hours of operation.  Also, as the snow starts to fall, roads will start to close for the season.  Keep an eye on predicted and current closures on the park's road status page.  Climbing rangers will no longer be staffing both high camps regularly.  Make sure to have a current forecast (this time of year especially) before heading up on a climb.  Enjoy the last bit of summer before the snow!