Mount Rainier National Park

Mount Rainier's Wonderland Trail Ready for Hikers

Here's a sign things are getting back to normal at Mount Rainier: Repairs to the Wonderland Trail have made it possible for hikers to take to the 93-mile-long Wonderland Trail that wraps Rainier.

Repairing Rainier: A Question of Values

Road repairs in Mount Rainier National Park; NPS Photo
While park Superintendent Dave Uberuaga wants to rebuild a section of the road, the storm redesigned the Carbon River, in some places sculpting deep pools valuable to bull trout, a species protected by the Endangered Species Act.

Tragedy Stalks the National Parks

Hiking up Half Dome in Yosemite; K. Repanshek photographer.
It's been a rough few days in the national parks. A three-day search in Mount Rainier has led to the discovery of the body of a missing hiker, while in Yosemite another hiker has died while trying to negotiate Half Dome.

Here's the Latest On Mount Rainier

Sean Smith, NW Regional Director NPCALast week I had a chance to sit down and have an interview with Sean Smith, the Northwest Regional Director of the National Parks and Conservation Association. Sean was a lot of fun to talk to, I found him to be very knowledgeable about many park issues. Today's conversation covers two big topics, the November storms which did many millions of dollars worth of damage to Northwest National Parks, and also covers the ongoing Park Service listening sessions.
Washington State Representative Maralyn ChaseI'm excited to offer the first official audiocast today! If you recreate on federal lands, including the National Parks, there is a topic that your wallet is already familiar with: entrance fees. I had the opportunity to speak with Washington State Rep Maralyn Chase who has co-sponsored a House Memorial which asks that federal fees collected under the Federal Lands Recreation Enhancement Act (FLREA) be abolished in the State of Washington.

Washed Out National Parks: Now What?

National Parks of the American West For Dummies Well, I hate shameless self-promotions, but I did write this book and I think it does a pretty good job of giving you a lay of the land for the parks it covers. Let me know what you think.
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