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November 14, 2011 at 2:08 PM

Chinook and Cayuse passes closed for the season

Chinook and Cayuse passes are closed for the season due to wind, snow and avalanche danger.

Several feet of snow fell on the passes last week and over the weekend.

Both passes were closed temporarily Friday because of avalanche danger and today, engineers with the state Transportation Department determined that the avalanche risk was so high that the passes should be closed. They won’t reopen until spring.

Here’s what WSDOT has to say:

Chinook Pass (elevation 5,430 feet) is closed from Morse Creek (five miles east of the summit) to Crystal Mountain Boulevard (eight miles northwest of the summit). Access to the Crystal Mountain Ski Resort on eastbound SR 410 remains open. Cayuse Pass (SR 123) is closed within Mount Rainier National Park from the 4,675-foot Cayuse Pass summit to Stevens Canyon Road

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