Park hopes to have road to Sunrise open by this weekend

Staff writerJune 18, 2014 

Assuming there is no major snowstorm at Mount Rainier before then, the road to Sunrise is slated to open Friday.

Just don’t expect a lot of amenities for the first week or so.

The plan, according to Mount Rainier National Park superintendent Randy King, is to open the road Friday through Sunday. That will happen as long as there is no snow or other event that halts efforts to clear snow from the area at 6,400 feet of elevation.

King said flushing toilets, running water and other visitor services will not be available for the weekend.

The road will then be closed Monday to enable the road crew to safely remove remaining rock and other material from the roadside. The road will then reopen for the season June 27. Water and flushing toilets should be available by that date.

Full visitor services, including the Sunrise Day Lodge and Sunrise Visitor Center, will be open and staffed by July 4, King said.

No matter when visitors come to the area early in the season, they should be prepared for snow on the ground that will likely persists into July, King said.

The park’s road crew has been working since May 27 to remove snow, rock and other material from Sunrise Road. They reached the Sunrise parking lot last week.

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