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Hiking in Mount Rainier? Stash Chains in Your Car

Posted by Loren Drummond at Oct 31, 2014 03:55 PM |

As of Saturday, Nov. 1, Mount Rainier National Park will begin seasonal chain requirements. That means that rain or shine, every car driving through the park will need chains in their car, including 4-wheel drive vehicles.

As of Saturday, Nov. 1, Mount Rainier National Park will begin seasonal chain requirements. That means that rain or shine, every car driving through the park will need chains in their car, including 4-wheel drive vehicles.

Learn more about the roads and chain requirements.

As winter approaches, visitors planning a trip to Mount Rainier should check for current road status and weather on the park's website or Twitter feed.

When will winter really come to Mount Rainier?

Some areas around the park have seen some early dusting of snow, but there's likely a few weeks before the seasonal passes (Cayuse and Chinook Passes) will close for winter.

Last year, heavy snows came to Mount Rainier mid-November, and for any mountain hiking this time of year, it's a good idea to go prepared for all kinds of conditions.

Snowy Comet Falls
About five inches of snow were on the trail to Comet Falls on Oct. 26. Photo by trip reporter Niko Niko.

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