November 2006 Flooding
A steady rain began falling around 1 p.m. on Sunday, November 5 and continued through mid-afternoon on Tuesday, November 7, 2006. Varying amounts of precipitation reached the ground throughout the park from Carbon River to Ohanapecosh. Nearly 18 of rain inches was recorded at Paradise. As the ground was already saturated from a week of drizzle, rain and snow, most of the water flowed over roadways and across the landscape into the rivers.
Old growth trees in the path of the rushing water were uprooted. Bridges, trails and roads were removed from their strongholds and took their place alongside rolling boulders in the raging water. Rivers and creeks changed channels cutting new paths and leaving old ones dry.
Details of the November 2006 Flood
Recapture the early flood and recovery efforts by reading the archived information recorded in April 2007. This page includes press releases and “Rebuilding Rainier” Newsletter.
Watch slideshows, videos and review images of the flood from every corner of the park.
More than 1500 people participated in flood recovery or the ongoing stewardship of the park in 2007. Volunteers continue to help with trail repairs, campground cleanup, revegetation projects, and many other tasks.
View a map of the trail damage and repairs as of September 2007.
Did You Know?
The Paradise meadows were once home to a golf course, rope tows for skiers, an auto campground, and rows of tent cabins. All of these activities damaged the meadows, as does walking off-trail. Management practices have changed over the years, and we now protect and restore our precious subalpine meadows.