Tourism officials in Washington’s wildfire areas, from Leavenworth to Chelan and the Methow Valley, are busy reassuring travelers that they’re open for business — and dearly want visitors. “We have received numerous calls and inquiries regarding the fire, smoke, and related closures, and having just returned from a three-day tour of the region myself I can…More
Topic: North Cascades Highway
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[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
Crews are working long hours to clear mudslides on the North Cascades Highway, and it’s possible that the popular mountain road could reopen this weekend, says Department of Transportation spokesman Jeff Adamson. In the meantime, some bicyclists are having a field day pedaling up and whizzing down part of the blissfully empty road that remains open.
The road, also known as Highway 20, is a scenic and popular route that leads from Western Washington to the Methow Valley. It was shut down Saturday night because of mudslides touched off by an intense rain/hail storm. By Sunday, eight mud slides just west of Rainy Pass had buriedMore
Washington’s North Cascades Highway could be closed for many days after eight mudslides on the weekend buried parts of the road 25 feet deep in dirt and rocks.
Also called Highway 20, the mountain road is a scenic and quicker route from Western Washington to the Methow Valley on the east side of the Cascades. In summer, it’s a very popular route among vacationers, hikers, climbers and long-distance bicyclists, giving dramatic views of peaks and back-country access.
The slides hit a six-mile stretch of road just west of Rainy Pass, saidMore