OLYMPIA — Good news for drivers hoping for a scenic trip over the long Memorial Day weekend: The Chinook and Cayuse passes through Mount Rainier National Park will reopen to drivers for the season this Friday.
The Washington state Department of Transportation announced Tuesday that maintenance crews were in the final stages of clearing the roadways to open in time for the holiday weekend, the Seattle Post-Intelligencer reported.
Both passes close each winter due to avalanche risk and had been closed since Nov. 12.
Starting 8 a.m. on Friday, May 28, drivers will be able access Chinook Pass between Crystal Mountain Boulevard, about 12 miles northwest of the summit, and Morse Creek about five miles east of the summit. Drivers will also be able to access Cayuse Pass between Stevens Canyon Road and the Highway 410 junction.
Due to ongoing paving work, drivers should still expect delays of up to 20 minutes along Cayuse Pass.
Other parts of the park, including Carbon River, Longmire and Paradise, are already open for the season and ready for visitors. However, some parts will reopen later in the summer.
The entrance to the Ohanapecosh Campground will reopen on Saturday, May 29, and the road to Sunrise is expected to reopen July 2, according to the transportation department.