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Jan. 4, 2019 Longmire Shutdown Access Ending
« on: 01/04/19, 05:57 PM »

Looks like even the minimal access as far as Longmire so far during the government shutdown is about to end:

Mount Rainier’s National Park Inn has been cleaning toilets and collecting trash at its own expense, but will stop doing that after breakfast on Sunday. Melinda Simpson, operations manager at the concessionaire Rainier Guest Services, said that after that point, the National Park Service “will be then closing the park and locking the gates.

https://www.washingtonpost.com/energy-environment/2019/01/04/three-dead-national-parks-shutdown-wears/

Three times in the past week, plow-escorted convoys of up to a dozen vehicles have formed up on cam at Longmire and headed up the hill at nine am.  Rumor has it these are contractors working on the Paradise Inn.  It seems a convenient coincidence that the (east-looking) Paradise Visitor Center cam has been blacked out for a week as well.    Sad
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Re: Jan. 4, 2019 Longmire Shutdown Access Ending
« Reply #1 on: 01/06/19, 10:51 AM »

Mount Rainier National Park
News Release
 
Release Date:  January 6, 2019
Contact:  Deputy Superintendent Tracy Swartout, 360-569-6502

Private vehicles prohibited beyond the Nisqually entrance
Hazardous travel and limited services prompt closure to public vehicles
 
The National Weather Service issued a winter weather advisory for lower elevations in Mount Rainier National Park beginning at 10 p.m. Pacific Time Saturday January 5th. The advisory remains in effect through 10 a.m. Sunday January 6th. Significant snow accumulations have begun in the park, including the Longmire and Nisqually Entrance areas, and road travel is expected to deteriorate rapidly. In addition, Rainier Guest Services, the park’s concessioner that operates the National Park Inn, restaurant, and gift shop, will close Sunday mid-day. As a result, there will be no public services including food, restrooms, or snow plowing sufficient for safe public travel anywhere in the park beginning late Sunday. Beginning Sunday afternoon, January 6, the park is prohibiting all public vehicle access into the park via the Nisqually entrance near Ashford. Due to the unavailability of park staff to provide essential public services and ensure continued road safety for visitors, this closure to public vehicles is expected to continue until further notice.
 
People attempting to visit the park on foot are reminded that there is no publicly-available parking outside the park gates and no areas are being maintained for safe public snow play inside the park. Most property surrounding the gates at the Nisqually entrance is privately-owned and any vehicles improperly parked on private lands or blocking park gates may be towed. Traveling by foot on park roads is prohibited and is extremely unsafe, as limited plowing activities must continue to provide emergency access. 
 
Updates on park access will be provided as conditions warrant.

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Re: Jan. 4, 2019 Longmire Shutdown Access Ending
« Reply #2 on: 01/12/19, 09:07 PM »

Per Tacoma News Tribune you can drive to Longmire again starting tomorrow.
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