Hiker Headlines: Permits, Carbon River, Glacial Art, Jobs
Backpacking permits, day hiking permits and even driving permits are starting to open up for this spring and summer. The Carbon River corner of Mount Rainier is back open after winter damage closed the area. Olympic National Park is looking for artists to create work to immortalize glaciers. And, we are hiring for two exciting positions.
It’s February 24. Backpacking permits, day hiking permits and even driving permits are starting to open up for this spring and summer. The Carbon River corner of Mount Rainier is back open after winter damage closed the area. Olympic National Park is looking for artists to create work to immortalize glaciers. And, we are hiring for two exciting positions. Here’s some news you may have missed while out on trail this week.
Backpacking permits closing soon: If you’re hoping to go backpacking in the Enchantments or Mount Rainier National Park this summer you’ll need to get your permit applications in soon. The Enchantments lottery closes on March 1, and Mount Rainier's early access applications close on March 7. These areas are both very popular, so if you don’t get your desired trip, consider some other great backpacking alternatives.
Day hiking permits: Permits will be opening soon for a couple popular day hiking destinations in Washington. Dog Mountain permits (required on weekends, April 23-June 12, and Memorial Day) will be available on recreation.gov starting March 1. Climbing permits for Mount St. Helens will also be released on recreation.gov on March 1.
Driving permits for the waterfall corridor: In more permit news, a timed vehicle access permit will be required this summer to drive the Historic Columbia River Highway between Vista House and Ainsworth State Park in Oregon. This stretch of road, known as the “waterfall corridor” is popular during the summer, and permits will control the flow of vehicles through the area, leading to a better experience for visitors. Permits are only required for personal vehicles and will not be required for public transit, private tours and bicycles.
Carbon River access restored: The Carbon River area is back open to visitors after the area was temporarily closed following winter storm damage. Even though the area is open, visitors should continue to expect winter storm damage along the road and trails including washouts and fallen trees, and some areas remain inaccessible. The bridge over the Carbon River to Chenuis Falls is washed out in addition to the Ipsut Creek bridge.
Call for artists: Olympic National Park is calling on artists to participate in Terminus: a Glacier Memorial Project. Artists will complete work to immortalize a glacier within the park as glaciers continue to melt due to a changing climate.
We’re hiring: WTA just opened up applications to two exciting positions, Major Gifts Officer and Statewide Engagement & Events Coordinator. Get your applications in by March 14.
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