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
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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…More
Above is a photo of the area where a Seattle skier died in a fall caused by a snow slide Wednesday morning on Mount Shuksan, in North Cascades National Park, northeast of Bellingham. Here’s the text of a statement released Wednesday night from North Cascades National Park: “At 10:45 this morning, North Cascades National Park dispatch received a report…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
The Chelan County town of Leavenworth, with no snow for this weekend’s annual Bavarian Icefest, is “making lemonade” with “our first, and perhaps last, Bavarian Ice Luau,” announced Jessica Robinson of the Leavenworth Chamber of Commerce. Temperatures around 50 degrees late this week in the Cascade Mountains town have helped scuttle plans to truck in lots…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 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