Spring is blooming in the North
Most of us when thinking of the “spring bloom” instantly think of flowers flowers flowers, unless you are a frequent visitor or have ever wished to visit the northern entrances to Mount Rainier National Park. The “signs” of spring are a little different for those watching for….yep you guessed it…..road clearing, passes opening and access to some of the most beautiful areas of Washington State’s Mount Rainier which have been covered by snow during the winter months. According to Washington State Dept of Transportation, we can possibly expect openings of Cayuse Pass and Chinook Pass by the end of May. Yipee!!!!
What does this mean? Travelers wishing to see more of Mount Rainier’s majestic landscapes will have the opportunity to take advantage of the Chinook Scenic Byway via highway 410. Then also have the opportunity to enjoy the north entrances at Ohanepacosh and White River via highway 123 over Cayuse Pass. If the south entrance at Longmire and Paradise are still on the itinerary, instead of a 2 hour trip south of Seattle International Airport. Travel 1 hour to the gorgeous city of Enumclaw, located a short 20 minutes from Carbon Countrys Shady Rest Bed and Breakfast take in the beauty of the North Entrances then hop onto highway 123 to the south entrance. To discover even more of the magic of the mountain, visit the northwest entrance at Carbon Mowich. This less traveled yet captivating area host one of the only lowland temperat rain forest in Washington State. For a lowland hike visit greenlake along the ipsut trail. Or maybe explore an old coal mining ghost town located just outside the park.
So if you have been watching and waiting in anticipation for the yearly opening of increased access to Washington’s Wonder Mount Rainier log into either WSDOT.com or wta.org and continue to keep up to date on the happenings on the raodway.
Carbon/Mowich Update: 4/15/2014
The Carbon River Ranch ranger station is open. Call 360-829-9639 for hours and information.
There is self-registration for climbing and wilderness camping at the Carbon Ranger Station
when it is not staffed.
Paul Peak: 0% snow, some easy trees down. Good early-season trail to the South Mowich
WLT Mowich Lake – So. Mowich River – ~30% snow. Trail obscured above Crater Creek
crossing. (South Mowich crossing is OUT). (4-7-14)
Mowich Road to Mowich Lake – 95% snow. Snowshoes recommended, 8 ft snow at the lake.
Even if it is covered in 8 feet of snow take a look at what it looks like come this summer. Come visit us at Carbon Countrys Shady Rest Bed and Breakfast and take full advantage of less traffic, less people, but added beauty.