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Chinook and Cayuse passes now closed for the season

Tuesday, November 7, 2017 - 11:08

Summer Derrey, WSDOT communications, 509-577-1943 (Chinook Pass)
Nicole Daniels, WSDOT communications, 206-440-4479 (Cayuse Pass)
Lindsey Kurnath, Mount Rainier National Park, 360-569-6512

Winter weather turns temporary closure into seasonal closure

MOUNT RAINIER – Chinook and Cayuse passes through Mount Rainier National Park are now closed for the season following the temporary closure on Saturday, Nov. 4.

Washington State Department of Transportation maintenance crews have closed State Route 410/Chinook Pass and State Route 123/Cayuse Pass for the winter due to avalanche danger, poor road conditions and additional snowfall in the forecast.

Chinook Pass (elev. 5,430 feet) is closed between Crystal Mountain Boulevard, about 12 miles northwest of the summit, and Morse Creek, five miles east of the summit. Cayuse Pass (elev. 4,675 feet) is also closed within the boundaries of Mount Rainier National Park between Crystal Mountain Boulevard and the Stevens Canyon Road entrance.

These mountain passes typically close sometime in mid-November each year.

When will the passes reopen?

WSDOT maintenance crews will assess the area next spring. The target date for reopening is Memorial Day weekend, although that depends on the amount of snow that falls this winter, as well as spring weather conditions.

Tools to keep travelers connected

Drivers can sign up for email alerts for US 12/White Pass, SR 410/Chinook Pass and SR 123/Cayuse Pass. After entering their email address, subscribers should check the box for “Mount Rainier Area State Highway News” under the “News and information” section of the page.

Additional information for Chinook and Cayuse passes is available on a combined webpage that features the status of closure and reopening efforts. Current weather and highway conditions are posted to the mountain passes webpage. 

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