• View from Sourdough Mountain Overlook  A view looking down onto Diablo Lake. Photo Credit: NPS/Michael Silverman, 2010.

    North Cascades

    National Park Washington

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  • State Route 20 closed at Mile Post 134, Ross Dam

    After a brief closure at Newhalem due to an avalanche and unstable conditions, SR 20 has re-opened to its normal winter closure point at MP 134, Ross Dam. The highway will remain closed from Ross Dam to MP 171 (Silver Star Creek) until spring re-opening. More »

  • Ross Dam Haul Road Closure Continues

    A short segment of the Ross Dam Haul Road between the Diablo Lake suspension bridge and the tunnel remains closed to public use due to continued recovery following a March 2010 landslide. The closure will remain in effect through 2014. More »

  • Notice of planned work for the Cascade River Road, fall 2014

    Visitors planning to access the park via the Cascade River Road after Labor Day should be advised that the Park Service is planning a fall closure of this road at Eldorado Creek (3 miles before the end of the road) in order to perform permanent repairs. More »

Glaciers Selected for Monitoring

Glaciers were selected based on their geography, aspect, elevation range, shape, safety of access, and past monitoring efforts. After careful consideration of all 312 glaciers in the park, four were chosen: Noisy Glacier on Bacon Peak, Silver Glacier on Mount Spickard, North Klawatti Glacier on Primus Peak, and Sandalee Glacier on McGregor Mountain.

1) Noisy Creek Glacier is a cirque glacier located northwest of Bacon Peak, Bacon Peak quadrangle. Post et al. (1971) glacier number 2219-1. Characteristics of the glacier from a 1993 inventory include: area 0.58 km2, direct snowfall and minor snow drift accumulation, not appreciably crevassed, ends on moderate to gentle slopes, slight retreat in 1973, elevation range 1680m-1920m. Drainage basin: Baker Lake Watershed.
 
Noisy Glacier
Figure 1.  Recent spring (left) and fall (right) photos of Noisy Glacier, looking south.
 
2) Silver Glacier is a cirque glacier located on the north side of Mt. Spickard, Mt. Spickard quadrangle. Post et al. (1971) glacier number 2236-6. Characteristics of the glacier from a 1993 inventory include: area 0.49 km2, accumulation sources direct snowfall and minor snowdrift, moderately crevassed, 1973 calved into Silver Lake and slight retreat, elevation range 2090m-2710m. Drainage basin: Ross Lake Watershed.
 
Silver Glacier
Figure 2.  Recent spring (left) and fall (right) photos of Silver Glacier, looking south.
 
3) North Klawatti Glacier is a valley glacier located south of Primus Peak, Forbidden Peak quadrangle. Post et al. (1971) glacier number 2253-10. Characteristics of the glacier from a 1993 inventory include: area 1.48 km2, accumulation sources direct snowfall and minor snow drift, moderately crevassed, ends on moderate to gentle slopes, 1973 slight retreat, elevation range 1740m-2400m. The glacier has recently been studied by the USGS (Tangborn, Fountain and Sikonia, 1990; Meier, 1966). Topographic maps and data gathered during these investigations will be useful to this study. Drainage basin: Thunder Creek Watershed.
 
North Klawatti Glacier
Figure 3.  Recent spring (left) and fall (right) photos of the North Klawatti Glacier, looking west.
 
4) Sandalee Glacier is a cirque glacier located on the north face of McGregor Mountain (to the east of the Pacific Crest), McGregor Mountain quadrangle. Post et al. (1971) glacier number 2448-10. Characteristics of the glacier from a 1994 inventory include area 0.20 km2, elevation range 1975m-2350m, has gentle and steep slopes, is somewhat crevassed, and lies within a climate zone that is more continentally influenced than the other three glaciers monitered. Drainage basin: Stehekin River Watershed.
 
Sandalee Glacier
Figure 4.  Recent spring (left) and fall (right) photos of Sandalee Glacier, looking south.

Did You Know?

Did You Know?

North Cascades National Park Service Complex includes 684,000 acres near the crest of the Cascade Mountains from the Canadian border south to Lake Chelan.