Paradise is closed weekdays
Mt. Rainier National Park has announced that the gate to Paradise at Longmire will not be open on weekdays this winter. The gate will be open on weekends weather, equipment, and staffing permitted. Pays your money and takes your chances; odds are not good for any inclement weather and only fair for good weather if recent history repeats itself. The reasons given are (1) staffing; (2) it snows a lot; (3) plows are hard to drive; (4) other essential staff poisitions in law enforcement, maintenance, search, rescue etc. etc. have not been filled. And it is just a lot of trouble given that total winter visits during the pandemic last winter were only 4% of the rest of they year. If you are concerned about this, you do have elected representatives in Sens. Murray and Cantwell and Congresswomen Kim Schrier represents the adjacent Congressional District that will be heavily impacted. If you don't live there you may have a hard time emailing Dr. Schrier.