Submitted by White Pass Scenic Byway
State Route 410 east of Chinook Pass will reopen on Friday, Sept. 1, in time for Labor Day weekend travel.
Pilot cars will alternate traffic through the closed section of SR 410 between Morse Creek (milepost 74.5) and Union Creek (milepost 79) from 7:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. daily, conditions permitting.
However, drivers should expect at least 30-40 minute delays depending on traffic volumes. The highway will remain open to all traffic during the overnight hours, conditions permitting.
Please be aware, the reopening of SR 410 is for thru-traffic only. While the highway will reopen, access to campsites and trailheads between Chinook Pass and Hells Crossing are strictly prohibited due to fire danger. The Labor Day holiday is historically one of the highest travel weekends of the year, so drivers should be prepared for backups and added travel time.
A full closure may happen again with little notice as fire conditions can change rapidly. Drivers can get updated information on the Norse Peak Fire, on the Incident Information System webpage and can check road status on the Mount Rainier National Park webpage.
Hyperlinks within the release:
- Chinook Pass WSDOT Info
- Fire Incident Information System webpage (daily updates here)
- Mount Rainier National Park webpage
In addition: As of 6:00 a.m. August 31, the Pacific Crest Trail (PCT) is open from White Pass to Chinook Pass. The PCT remains closed from Chinook Pass to Government Meadow. Through-hikers avoiding the closure area should consider planning how to travel north of Government Meadow when they reach White Pass, as there is little cell phone connectivity at Chinook Pass.
Visit White Pass Scenic Byway for more information.