Friday, February 14, 2014
MT. RAINIER - Monday, Feb. 17, is President’s Day, a federal holiday. Mt. Rainier and other national park areas will be celebrating this holiday with a fee free weekend this Saturday through Monday, Feb. 15 through 17.
Visitors are invited to enjoy winter at the park, to ski, snowshoe, snow board or to have fun on the “snowplay” runs at Paradise.
It’s also Valentine’s weekend and the National Park Inn at Longmire is offering a special four-course Valentine’s dinner on Saturday, Feb. 15 from 5 to 8 p.m. For reservations, call 360-569-2411.
Currently, approximately 110 inches of snow is on the ground at Paradise, with more expected during the next several days.
The road between Longmire and Paradise is open daily from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., subject to weather conditions.
Heavy snow and avalanche conditions may delay or prevent opening of this road section. The safety of park visitors is the top concern for park staff when making the daily decisions on road openings. Chain requirements may be in effect at any time, if road conditions deteriorate.
The Henry M. Jackson Memorial Visitor Center will be open throughout the three-day weekend.
Guided snowshoe hikes, lasting about two hours, will be led by park staff each day at 11:15 a.m. and 1:45 p.m. Sign up at the visitor center desk one hour before each walk begins. Snowshoes are provided. Each participant is asked to donate $5.
Dress warmly, with layers of clothing, hats, gloves and suitable boots for snowshoeing, sunglasses and sunscreen.
For current conditions visit the Mt. Rainier web page at www.nps.gov/mora.