Topic: North Cascades
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August 15, 2013 at 11:22 AM
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 buried (more…)
April 25, 2013 at 6:00 AM
North Cascades National Park has announced its summer operating plans and how it will be affected by sequester budget cuts.
“We are moving forward with summer operations with reduced budgets and staffing,” said Karen Taylor-Goodrich, superintendent of North Cascades National Park Complex, which includes the park and adjacent national recreation areas taking in parts of Ross Lake and Lake Chelan.
The park has had to reduce its annual budget by 5 percent. Visitors can expect limited operations and fewer rangers to provide information and programs, a news release said.
“We are striving to meet the required budget reductions while providing adequate public access and safety, and vital resource protection and management to the greatest extent possible this year,” Taylor-Goodrich said.
All areas of the national park and related national recreation areas will be open to the public including Hozomeen, Stehekin and the Skagit District along State Route 20.
Opening information for various facilities:
- North Cascades Visitor Center, near Newhalem, and the Marblemount Wilderness Information Center will open daily by the first weekend in May.
- Newhalem, Colonial and Goodell Campgrounds will have at least one loop open with fee collection beginning May 17. All loops and group reservation camps along SR20 will open by Memorial Day weekend.
- The Hozomeen campground, near the north end of Ross Lake and just south of the Canadian border, and its boat launch will open for vehicle access from June 21–Sept. 3. The gate at the Canadian border will close again just after Labor Day. Park rangers will patrol the area and seasonal park staff will provide service to the visiting public.
For more information on the North Cascades National Park Complex, see www.nps.gov/noca.
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