Mount Rainier’s Top Ranger Introduces a New Era at the National Park

Mount Rainier National Park superintendent Greg Dudgeon came to the park from Alaska.

On his very first day as superintendent of Mount Rainier National Park in late July 2021, Greg Dudgeon took a hike and knew he had a problem. On the short ramble up a paved trail to Myrtle Falls, which in late July roars down its 60-foot height amid the Paradise subalpine meadows, the sheer number of people he saw was, he recalls, “surreal.”

The parking lot was crammed with cars. Hikers clogged the route while others stepped off the path to peer at a flower or take a photo, each footprint devastating to the

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