2011 Road Updates in Mt. Rainier National Park
Call 1-800-695-ROAD (7623) for current road status.
Stevens Canyon Road Closure:
As of September 6th the Stevens Canyon Road will be closed to all through traffic on the east end for road construction. This road will be closed to all traffic between the gate located just west of the Grove of the Patriarchs to just east of the popular Backbone Ridge viewpoint beginning after Labor day weekend through the 2011-2012 winter. This will be a 24/7 closure. During this road closure park visitors will still be able to access the trailhead areas on State Routes 123 and 410 as well as the White River and Sunrise areas.
Stevens Canyon Road connects the east and west side of the park, extending for 19 miles from SR 123 at the east end to intersection with the Nisqually to Paradise Road at the west end, two miles south of Paradise. During the 2011 & 2012 closure periods, visitors are encouraged to access the Paradise area from the southwest via the Nisqually Entrance at east end of SR 706. Visitors traveling from the east via SR 410, SR 123, and/or US 12 who wish to visit the Paradise area have two detour options: Via Gifford Pinchot National Forest Service Road 52 (Skate Creek Road) beginning on US 12 in Packwood and ending on SR 706 east of Ashford; or the longer route via SR 7 beginning in Morton on US 12 and ending on SR 706 at Elbe.
Winter Closure Dates:
- Sunrise road will be closed for winter on October 12th, or earlier with the first heavy snow.
- Depending on snowfall, Washington State Department of Transportation usually closes Chinook Pass in late November. State Route 410 is normally closed by early December, with Cayuse Pass and SR 123 closing at the same time.
- Mowich Lake Road closes November 1st, or with the first snowfall.
- The road between Longmire and Paradise remains open throughout the winter except during extreme weather. The road closes nightly from November 1st through winter. It reopens the following morning or when snow removal activities allow.
- All vehicles are required to carry chains to enter into Mt. Rainier National Park during the winter season.