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Top Ten Park Train Rides

September 14, 2011, 12:13 pm
1.) Grand Canyon National Park - Grand Canyon Railway With the Arizona heat looming, hop the train to Grand Canyon National Park and enjoy the comfortable ride. The Grand Canyon Railway departs daily at 9:30 a.m. from Williams, Arizona, about 30 miles west of Flagstaff. The train travels almost due ...

Mount Rainier's Paradise & National Park inns to Accept Online Reservations

May 16, 2011, 10:58 am
For the first time, visitors can go online to book a room at Paradise Inn or the National Park Inn. Mount Rainier Guest Services has started taking online reservations through its website for the two inns at Mount Rainier National Park. “In the past, they weren’t able to do that. They ...

Four Washington destinations that offer naturalist-led snowshoe hikes

January 24, 2011, 10:22 am
Here are some opportunities for guided snowshoe hikes in Washington's national parks and national forests: HURRICANE RIDGE in Olympic National Park Snowshoe walks for individuals and families will be offered at 2 p.m. on Fridays, Saturdays, Sundays and Monday holidays, beginning on Friday, Dec. 10, through March 27 at the visitor ...

Mount Rainier's Skyline Trail has breathtaking views

September 22, 2010, 9:03 am
Time to add another hike to your "must do" list. Much as the Mist Trail is the signature tourist hike at Yosemite, no summertime visit to Washington's Mount Rainier is complete without a stroll on the Skyline Trail. The 5-1/2-mile loop is short but steep (1,700 feet of elevation gain), beginning ...

Three Lakes Trail offers solitude at crowded Mount Rainier National Park

September 17, 2010, 6:45 am
Even on summer weekends when Mount Rainier National Park is teeming with visitors there is a simple trick for finding solitude. “Usually if you pick the trail that looks the least appealing and that is not close to the mountain and doesn’t have views you can find solitude,” said backcountry ...

Fall Deals at National Park Lodges

September 10, 2010, 8:04 am
With shorter days signaling the end of summer, fewer daylight hours present an opportunity to visit many of our national parks without the crowds that are the hallmark of summer vacation. The national park shoulder season offer a quieter and slower-paced atmosphere but you wont have to sacrifice the ...

Mount Rainier awash in wildflowers

August 16, 2010, 12:56 pm
The names are nearly as colorful as the blossoms themselves: Cascade aster, Indian paintbrush, glacier lily and white mountain heather. They are just some of the wildflowers coloring the subalpine meadows at Mount Rainier National Park. Thanks to late snowmelt, August will be the prime time to take a hike ...

Glacier Basin Trail at Mount Rainier is restored, rerouted

July 20, 2010, 2:08 pm
The stump held on for days, even as five workers hacked and chopped at it, and tugged on it with the help of a harness and pulley. Finally, after a week, the stubborn old stump relinquished its grip on the soil and the workers breathed a collective sigh of relief. ...

Free Mount Rainier Shuttles Begin July 18

June 18, 2010, 8:37 am
Beginning today visitors to Mount Rainier National Park can ride free shuttles into the park from Ashford, and from Longmire and Paradise during the summer. On Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays the shuttle will stop at Cougar Rock and Narada Falls on the way from Longmire to Paradise. On the downhill ...

Rainier boss to return after Yosemite stint

February 3, 2010, 11:49 am
After 13 months as interim superintendent at Yosemite National Park, Dave Uberuaga will return to run Mount Rainier National Park. Uberuaga learned Tuesday he will not be superintendent at Yosemite. Chosen instead was Don Neubacher, superintendent at Point Reyes National Seashore, north of San Francisco, for the past 15 years. Uberuaga ...

Mt. Rainier's retreating glaciers are making a mess

January 21, 2010, 6:51 am
The fallout from Mt. Rainier's shrinking glaciers is beginning to roll downhill, and nowhere is the impact more striking than on the volcano's west side. "This is it in spades," says Park Service geologist Paul Kennard, scrambling up a 10-foot-tall mass of dirt and boulders bulldozed back just enough to ...

Grant will help keep shuttle at Mount Rainier rolling along

November 19, 2009, 7:46 am
A $75,000 grant will help Mount Rainier National Park operate its shuttle bus system next year and pay for a study to improve the efficiency of the park’s fleet of vehicles. The money came from a grant awarded Monday by The Boeing Company Charitable Trust to Washington’s National Park Fund.Next season will ...

Chinook, Cayuse passes both closed for winter

November 9, 2009, 8:37 am
Chinook and Cayuse passes are officially closed for the season. State transportation officials decided to close the passes after reviewing a snowy forecast and assessing the risk of an avalanche, according to a DOT news release. Crews closed Chinook Pass after assessing the stability of the hillside and determining the avalanche risk is too ...

Winter Rolls in at Mount Rainier

November 2, 2009, 7:32 am
Mount Rainier National Park got its first full taste of winter earlier this week. While the park has received several dustings of snow already this fall, almost a foot of snow fell at Paradise Monday and Tuesday, according to data from the Paradise weather station. Park visitors need to remember that ...

Adventures in Washington State’s Wonderland

October 8, 2009, 7:27 am
I am not a camper by nature. Truth be told, I abandoned scouting at age 12, after the sophomore rank of Webelos, because I suffered from an intense childhood phobia of khaki uniforms, convinced they would portend a future career in package delivery. I only stuck with it as ...