Planning a fall drive over Washington’s scenic North Cascades Highway? Don’t go on Oct. 21 or Oct. 22 because a 10-mile stretch of the mountainous highway will be closed for repairs with no detour available.
The highway will close from 6 a.m. Tuesday morning (Oct. 21) through 4 p.m. Wednesday afternoon (Oct. 22) from Granite Creek east for 10 miles to Rainy Pass so crews can replace culverts damaged in mudslides.
The highway usually closes for the winter season around Thanksgiving because of heavy snow and avalanches. It typically reopens in April. Get information on the temporary closure and more at the North Cascades Highway website.
Travelers headed to the Methow Valley next week and can take the longer way around, via Stevens Pass (Highway 2), Highway 97 along the Columbia River and then Highway 20 to the Methow.
Once the highway opens and if you want to take a fall drive, here’s a milepost-guide to driving the North Cascades Highway.