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August 19, 2013 at 10:39 AM

North Cascades Highway reopened after slides

With the North Cascades Highway reopened, visitors can enjoy the views as they drive across the mountains. Shown here is Diablo Lake off the highway. (AP Photo/Shannon Dininny, 2009)

With the North Cascades Highway reopened, visitors can enjoy the views of mountains, waterfalls and lakes as they drive across the mountains. Shown here is Diablo Lake. (AP Photo/Shannon Dininny, 2009)

The North Cascades Highway reopened this morning (Aug. 19)  at 10 a.m.  The scenic mountain road, very popular with tourists in summer, had been closed since the evening of Aug. 10 because of eight mudslides that blocked it with mud, boulders and trees. A fierce rain and hail storm set off the slides.

The highway (also called Highway 20)connects Western Washington with the Methow Valley in north-central Washington. Along the way, it gives access to popular hiking routes, including the Pacific Crest Trail.

Businesses in Winthrop, the little Western-themed town that’s the Methow visitor hub, had suffered cancellations and a drop in business during the closure, even though the valley remained accessible by an alternate route.

Comments | Topics: Highway 20 closure, Highway reopens

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