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Originally published Saturday, July 7, 2012 at 7:23 PM

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Bike access to Mount Rainier will not change

A new plan that would give mountain bikers more access to national parks will have almost no impact in Mount Rainier National Park, chief ranger Chuck Young says.

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Thats why we want NO MORE WILDERNESS AREAS!!! Public lands are suspose to be for the... MORE

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A new plan that would give mountain bikers more access to national parks will have almost no impact in Mount Rainier National Park, chief ranger Chuck Young says.

"It's not even on the table," said Young, noting that 97 percent of the park is designated wilderness, which excludes bicycles.

The National Park Service announced last week that it will expand bicycle access but will continue to prohibit bikes in wilderness areas.

At Mount Rainier, bikes are permitted on unpaved service roads near Longmire, the Carbon River Road and the Westside Road. That's likely to continue, Young said.

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