SR 410/Chinook and SR 123/Cayuse passes scheduled to reopen May 26

MOUNT RAINIER – State Route 410/Chinook Pass and SR 123/Cayuse Pass through Mount Rainier National Park will reopen for the season by 8 a.m. Friday, May 26, in time for Memorial Day weekend.

Washington State Department of Transportation maintenance crews are in the final stages of clearing both roadways. When the gates open, park visitors can travel SR 410/Chinook Pass between Crystal Mountain Boulevard, about 12 miles northwest of the summit, and Morse Creek, five miles east of the summit. SR 123/Cayuse Pass will open within the park boundaries between Stevens Canyon Road and the SR 410 junction.

As a reminder, all commercial vehicles are prohibited from traveling through Mount Rainier National Park which includes sections of SR 123 and SR 410.

Mount Rainier National Park

National Park crews have been hard at work preparing roads and services. The park’s Carbon River, Longmire, and Paradise areas and the road from Packwood to the Grove of the Patriarchs trailhead are open. The Grove of the Patriarchs trail remains closed. Mount Rainier road access updates are provided on the Mount Rainier National Park website.

Slow down on ice and snow.

It's easier to skid or lose control traveling at higher speeds. Give yourself more time to stop.

Carry chains, practice installing them.

Winter conditions could mean chains are required on your route. Practice putting them on your vehicle ahead of time.

Pack your winter car kit.

Carry extra supplies like warm clothing, ice scraper and brush, jumper cables and other emergency items.