It's getting close to Memorial Day and road trips are starting up. Two passes are on schedule to open up soon according to the Washington Department of Transportation.

The Washington DOT is saying that SR 410 Chinook and SR 123 Cayuse passes will reopen for the season by 8 a.m. Friday.

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According to a posting on the WSDOT's Facebook page, the DOT's goal is to always open both passes by Memorial Day weekend.

When the gates open, Mount Rainier National Park visitors can travel SR 410/Chinook Pass between Crystal Mountain Boulevard, about 12 miles northwest of the summit, and Morse Creek, five miles east of the summit. SR 123/Cayuse Pass will also open within the park boundaries between Stevens Canyon Road and the SR 410 junction.

Cayuse and Chinook Passes close each winter due to high avalanche risk, poor road conditions, lack of snow storage, and no emergency response services within close proximity.

Both highways closed to vehicle traffic for the season on Nov. 12, 2020.

If you are looking for a breathtaking route for your summer road trips, both Chinook and Cayuse Passes provide the scenery and photo opportunities.

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