Monday, November 10, 2014

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!