National Park Service Releases Status on Mount Rainier Roads Ahead of Holiday

By The Chronicle staff
Posted 6/24/22

According to an announcement from Mount Rainier National Park, Stevens Canyon Road will remain closed between Bench and Snow Lake trailhead and the Grove of the Patriarchs trailhead through the July …

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National Park Service Releases Status on Mount Rainier Roads Ahead of Holiday

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According to an announcement from Mount Rainier National Park, Stevens Canyon Road will remain closed between Bench and Snow Lake trailhead and the Grove of the Patriarchs trailhead through the July 4 holiday weekend.

There is no access to Box Canyon from either direction during this time. This closure applies to motorized vehicle, bicycle and foot traffic. Visitors can check the road status page on the park’s website before planning a visit to the park.

Those wishing to access Ohanapecosh and White River from the west should drive east on U.S. Highway 12 toward Packwood, and north on state Route 123.

Oversized vehicles and travel trailers are not advised to drive beyond Inspiration Point (approximately 0.5 mile east on Stevens Canyon Road beyond the junction of Stevens Canyon Road and Paradise Road) due to the winding and narrow road. There is no turn around for large vehicles at Bench and Snow Lake trailhead. No restrooms are available at Bench and Snow Lakes trailhead.



Restrooms are available at the Grove of the Patriarchs trailhead parking area.

The trail itself remains closed due to significant damage sustained to the suspension bridge during an extreme flooding event in November 2021. Silver Falls and the Eastside Trail are accessible from the Grove of the Patriarchs trailhead and are good hiking alternatives.

State Route 410 and 123 are both open. The Paradise area is fully accessible to vehicles, however, trails are snow-covered. Paradise Visitor Center is open daily from 10:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. 

For more information on Mount Rainier National Park, visit www.nps.gov/mora.

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