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August 20, 2013 at 6:37 PM

Road to Cascade Pass trailhead reopens after washout

The temporary repair at the site of the Aug. 11 washout on the Cascade River Road. (North Cascades National Park photo)

The temporary repair at the site of the Aug. 11 washout on the Cascade River Road. (North Cascades National Park photo)

The road to the Cascade Pass Trailhead, the route to one of the most popular hikes in North Cascades National Park, has reopened to all vehicles, according to a park news release.

During a big thunderstorm on Aug. 11, a portion of the 23-mile road washed out at Boston Creek, stranding dozens of hikers and their vehicles for that night and most of Aug. 12. The hikers were able to leave in the late afternoon of Aug. 12 after a temporary repair was put in place.

The current repair is also considered temporary, while park staff look at designs for a permanent fix, the release says.

Even though the road has reopened, the park urges visitors to be prepared.

“Visitors to remote areas are encouraged to carry essential supplies and watch current and expected weather as mountain roads are subject to flooding during periods of extreme weather,” the release says.

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