If you like to hike, ski or snowshoe the western portion of the gated North Cascades Highway (SR 20) during its winter traffic closure, here’s discouraging news from North Cascades National Park, as of Friday morning: State Route 20 beyond the closed vehicle gate at Ross Dam Trailhead (MP 134) is temporarily closed to foot…More
Category: North Cascades Highway
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…More
[do action=”custom_iframe” url=”https://www.flickr.com/photos/wsdot/13875231744/in/set-72157642267729715/player/” width=”630″ height=”500″ scrolling=””/]Washington highway workers reopened the North Cascades Highway at noon Thursday for the summer travel season. On Monday the crews were still 3.5 miles apart, but they delivered on their hope to reopen the highway the day before the annual Winthrop 49er Days festival begins. Washington State Department of Transportation photos…More
High up in north-central Washington’s rugged mountains, crews are once again digging out the snow-buried North Cascades Highway. The road is a scenic short cut, through craggy mountains and forests, between Western Washington and the Methow Valley and gives access to high-country hiking. About 40 miles of the highway, also known as State Route 20, is closed each winter because of snowfall…More
New snow, and avalanches, have prompted the closure of the North Cascades Highway for the season. Washington’s Department of Transportation announced the closure this morning. The scenic mountain highway in northern Washington closes each winter. This is one of the later closings; last year it closed Nov. 20 and reopened April 16. Get more information at the highway website.More
With October sunshine and chilly nights turning leaves to gold and scarlet, are you ready for an eye-popping fall-color road trip combined with some fun natural-history education? Follow the morning sun to Republic in Eastern Washington now through Monday for celebration of National Fossil Day.
Fossil Day is being celebrated with a long weekend of events around Republic’s renowned Stonerose Interpretive Center, dedicated to the study and preservation of fossils from the Eocene Epoch, some 50 million years ago, when the area was covered by a great lake.
Lake-bottom sediment turned to shale that has preserved leaves, twigs, insects and fish from the era. Besides taking in the best fossil displays at the center, visitors can pay a $5-$8 fee to visit the nearby fossil site and excavate on their own (hammers and chisels available for rent, $5). You’re allowed to take home up to three finds per day if they are not deemed of scientific value or significant to the Stonerose collection.
The Fossil Day celebration will includeMore
With national parks now closed because of the government shutdown, some of Washington state’s most popular scenic drives and outdoor recreation areas are off-limits to the public. And for communities around the parks it’s an economic body-blow with hotels, restaurants, shops and tour companies losing business.
“Our fall shoulder season is huge – usually,” said Mary Brelsford of the Olympic Peninsula Visitor Bureau. And in Mount Rainier National Park alone, thereMore
Parts of the North Cascades Highway and State Route 410 ( in the southern Cascades) remain closed because of mudslides late last week that blocked the roads. And extensive roadwork on US 2 (Steven Pass highway), near Leavenworth, has closed part of that road through Friday – although a detour is in place.
The slides on the North Cascades and 410 highways followed heavy rains that unleashed torrents of mud and rocks. The state Department of Transportation hopes to reopen the North Cascades Highway at noon on Thursday (Sept. 12); there’s no reopening time yet for SR 410; check here for updates.
The North Cascades Highway, which linksMore
Mudslides have closed Washington’s scenic North Cascades Highway once again. And in the southern Cascades, State Route 410 — the Chinook Pass Highway — is also closed by slides, with parts of it buried 8 feet deep in mud.
A slide has also closed a popular recreational route, Icicle Road, near Leavenworth.
On the North Cascades Highway, heavy rain touched off the slides in several locations, with rocks and mud covering the highway, the Department of Transportation said Friday. The road, also known as Highway 20, is closed between mileposts 147 (10 miles west of Rainy Pass) and 171 (9 miles east of Washington Pass).
Mudslides earlier closed the popular North Cascades Highway for more than a week in August. Now it will be closed through this weekend, and a reopening dateMore
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…More