If you had canceled your annual fall hike to North Cascades National Park’s Cascade Pass because of the pending closure of the Cascade River Road, go ahead and make plans after all.
The national park announced Wednesday that a major repair that would have meant a long closure this fall of the road’s last three miles will be delayed until next year.
The last section of the road, from Milepost 20 at the Eldorado parking area, was to have closed Sept. 8 for a project expected to last until late October. Now, the entire road will remain open this fall as long as weather permits, park spokesman Jesse Hires announced.
The closure would have allowed crews to make extensive repairs to the road, which has been subject to multiple washouts over the years. A 60-foot-long concrete “box culvert” with a debris rack is planned to be installed at Boston Creek, a common wash-out area. The road washed out at Boston Creek in 2009 and again in August 2013, when more than 70 visitors were temporarily stranded.
Cascade River Road provides access to the popular Cascade Pass, Horseshoe Basin, and Sahale Arm trails, as well as being a scenic route for visitors hiking across the park to Stehekin. Boston Basin is a popular climbing area, with access to Forbidden, Sahale and Sharkfin peaks, among others.