By The Staff of The Chronicle
According to an announcement from Mount Rainier National Park, Stevens Canyon Road will remain closed between the Bench and Snow Lake trailhead and the Grove of the Patriarchs trailhead over the July 4 holiday weekend.
There is no access to Box Canyon in either direction during this time. This closure applies to the circulation of motorized vehicles, bicycles and pedestrians. Visitors can check the road conditions page on the park’s website before planning a visit to the park.
Those wishing to access Ohanapecosh and White River from the west should head east on US Highway 12 toward Packwood and north on State Route 123.
Oversized vehicles and caravans are advised not to travel beyond Inspiration Point (approximately 0.5 mile east on Stevens Canyon Road past the junction of Stevens Canyon Road and Paradise Road) due to the winding and narrow road. There are no U-turns for large vehicles at the Bench and Snow Lake trailhead. No restrooms are available at the Bench and Snow Lakes trailhead.
Restrooms are available at the parking lot at the Grove of the Patriarchs trailhead.
The trail itself remains closed due to extensive damage to the suspension bridge during extreme flooding in November 2021. Silver Falls and the Eastside Trail can be accessed from the Grove of the Patriarchs trailhead and are good alternatives to Trek.
State Route 410 and 123 are both open. The Paradise area is fully accessible to vehicles, however, the trails are snow covered. The Paradise Visitor Center is open daily from 10:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
For more information about Mount Rainier National Park, visit www.nps.gov/mora.