Trails and Backcountry Camp Conditions
Mount Rainier can receive 700 or more inches of snow each winter. When spring comes to the mountains it is a very busy time for Park Rangers. The previous fall usually brings the rainy season which causes damage to trails and camps by raging waters, high winds and falling trees. All this damage gets covered by 10-20 feet of snow, and there it sits until melt-out which often does not occur in earnest until late June or early July. The snow usually starts melting in high volumes, causing more damage to trails and camps. The Trail Crew may have to clear hundreds of trees from the trails each year. Replacing footlogs and bridges is also a major project. Footlogs are also prone to being washed out anytime there is a prolonged period of rain regardless of the season.
Wilderness Rangers and Trail Crew members are out and about early in the season trying to assess the damage. Given the vastness of the trail system and the volumes of snow, this is a large task. As we get reliable information on the status of a trail, a section of trail or a backcountry camp, that information will be posted here on the website.
BACKCOUNTRY TRAILS AND CAMP REPORTS
A wilderness camping permit is required year around for camping or climbing in the park. Car camping does not require a wilderness permit.
General Conditions Update: Trails park-wide are under snow. There will be no major changes to this page until closer to melt-out in mid-May to early June, 2011.
March 15, 2011: Always check with rangers and know the local forecast for mountain weather before setting out on any trail.
Be prepared... mountain weather is good one minute, daunting the next. Always check with rangers before heading into the back country. Please Note: Do not leave valuables in your car. While break-ins are infrequent they do occur.
Saturday, August 28, 2010
Posted by Ranger Division at 7:54 PM