National parks operations transition to fall schedule

Staff reportSeptember 1, 2013 

While many people are in the midst of one last summer adventure this holiday weekend, staffers at Mount Rainier and Olympic national parks are beginning to switch over to fall schedules.

Here is a look at changes:

Mount Rainier

Carbon River Ranger Station: Through Thursday, the station is open 8:30 a.m.- 5 p.m. and 7:30 a.m.-6 p.m. Friday and Saturday. From Sept. 8-22 the station will be open 8:30 a.m.-5 p.m. daily

Henry M. Jackson Memorial Visitor Center: Sunday is the last day of summer hours, from 10 a.m.-7 p.m. For Monday-Sept. 8, the Paradise visitor center will be open 10 a.m.-6 p.m. daily. From Sept. 9-Oct. 14, it will be open 10 a.m.-5 p.m. daily. The Paradise Camp Deli and gift shop will close 15 minutes before the center from Sept. 8-Oct. 14.

Longmire Museum: It is closed for the season.

Paradise Guide House: It is open 6 a.m.-3 p.m. Sunday and Monday. It will then be open 7 a.m.-3 p.m. weekends only through Sept. 30. The guide house closes for the season Oct. 1.

Sunrise Visitor Center: It is open 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Sunday and Monday, then closes for the season. The Sunrise Day Lodge will be open daily with full service through Tuesday, then daily with limited service from Wednesday to Sept. 15. If the weather allows, it will be open with limited service Sept. 21-22 and 28-29.


Fairholme Store: Will end daily operations Monday, and then be open Fridays-Sundays Friday-Sept. 23.

Forks information center: The center shared with the U.S. Forest Service will be open Fridays-Sundays through the winter.

Log Cabin Resort: Will close for the season Sept. 15.

Hurricane road work

Work to rehabilitate three tunnels along Olympic National Park’s Hurricane Ridge Road will be taking place weekdays through Oct. 22. Drivers should expect traffic restricted to one lane and delays of 20-30 minutes.

Scheduled work includes repairs and maintenance to the tunnels’ interior concrete liners and exterior portals, removal of vegetation and loose rock above the portals, application of concrete sealant and a new coat of reflective interior paint to provide improved visibility and safer conditions for drivers, bicyclists, and pedestrians, according to a park news release.

MJ Hughs, in Vancouver, Wash., is the contractor for the $379,000 project.

The road will remain open throughout the work period, but traffic will be restricted to one lane to accommodate construction equipment and provide for public safety.

Preparatory work was done last week, and the rehabilitation work is scheduled to begin Tuesday. Work will take place weekdays between 6 a.m.-6 p.m. No holiday or weekend work is scheduled.

Current road information is available by calling 360-565-3131 or online at

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