Topic: Cayuse Pass
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November 17, 2013 at 9:17 PM
Worried that heavy snows could trigger avalanches, the Washington State Department of Transportation has temporarily closed State Route 410 at Chinook Pass and State Route 123 at Cayuse pass.
About 20 inches of snow have fallen on the passes since Friday, and several more feet are expected by tomorrow.
WashDOT maintenance crews are keeping an eye on conditions to see whether the road can be safely re-opened, or whether it should remain closed for the season, the department said in a news release.
“Chinook Pass, elevation 5,430, is closed from Morse Creek, five miles east of the summit to Crystal Mountain Boulevard, about 12 miles northwest of the summit. Cayuse Pass is closed within Mount Rainier National Park from the 4,675-foot Cayuse Pass summit to Stevens Canyon Road.” WashDOT said.
November 17, 2013 at 10:33 AM
Winter may not be officially here, but it’s settling into the mountain passes.
Chinook and Cayuse Passes are temporarily closed due to some 20 inches of new snow creating an avalanche danger, the Washington State Department of Transportation reports. WSDOT says the avalanche risk is too great to allow traffic to safely cross Highway 410 over Chinook Pass and Highway 123 over Cayuse Pass. More snow is in the forecast, which could produce several more feet of snow on Monday.
WSDOT maintenance crews will evaluate conditions after the storm to determine if the passes will reopen or remain closed for the season. In the past 40 years, the earliest the passes have closed was Oct. 7 in 1996. In 1976, the pass remained open all winter.
Stevens Pass has compact snow and ice, and Snoqualmie Pass has slush and rain. Traction tires advised on both.
Highway 20, the North Cascades Pass, remains open. Last year it closed on Nov. 20.
November 13, 2012 at 8:27 AM
The Associated Press
MOUNT RAINIER — The Washington Transportation Department has closed two passes on the east side of Mount Rainier for the winter.
The department says Chinook Pass on Highway 410 and nearby Cayuse Pass on Highway 123 have been closed by recent snow and avalanche danger.
November 12, 2012 at 7:48 PM
Heavy snowfall and slide activity has closed Cayuse Pass on State Route 123 and Chinook Pass on State Route 410 Monday, according to the Washington State Department of Transportation.
For updates on when the temporary closures end, check WSDOT’s online Mountain Pass Road Report.
May 8, 2012 at 11:48 AM
The Associated Press
MOUNT RAINIER — The Washington Transportation Department says a scenic drive through Mount Rainier National Park reopens Tuesday with the noon lifting of the gates to Cayuse Pass on the east side of the mountain.
The department says crews are still clearing snow from nearby Chinook Pass, but hope to have it open in time for Memorial Day Weekend.
Road crews are closer to reopening the North Cascades Highway. The department says that may happen Thursday or Friday.
All three mountain pass highways are closed each winter by snow and avalanche danger.
November 14, 2011 at 2:08 PM
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
November 12, 2011 at 12:44 PM
Traffic on two passes was shut down today due to heavy snowfall and high winds, according to the state Department of Transportation.
Traffic on Chinook Pass on Highway 410 is temporarily closed from milepost 74.5 near Morse Creek to milepost 57.5 near Crystal Mountain Boulevard, according to the DOT. The pass will remain closed at least through Sunday, according to a DOT news release.
“Heavy snowfall and strong winds are creating drifting snow and very poor visibility,” the DOT said.
Highway 123, Cayuse Pass, also is temporarily closed from the junction of Highways 410 and 123 to milepost 5.4 near Stevens Canyon Road.
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