NPS Fee Hikes Could Equal $70 To Visit Rainier

The National Park Service is considering a fee hike in more than a dozen of the system's most popular parks.
Rainier crowds

A busy day in Mount Rainier National Park.

To reduce a huge backlog of maintenance projects at national parks all over the country, the NPS is throwing around the idea of a large fee increase—which would translate to Rainier's entrance fee jumping from $25 per vehicle to $70. The Seattle Times has a take here. The News Tribune describes it here. And Crosscut has a fairly scathing opinion of the proposal here.