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 »
Aerial Rescue from Dorado Needle
Contact: Kelly Bush, 360 854-7241
On August 17, two Portland Oregon climbers were ascending the Dorado Needle via the SW Buttress Route when the lead climber fell approximately 20 feet. The belayer was able to lower his partner to a protected ledge. While not critically injured, the fallen climber suffered a severe puncture wound which left him unable to climb or descend further due to pain and profuse bleeding. The partner was able to travel out across three glaciers and significant cross-country terrain to report the stranded climber to the Wilderness Information Center in Marblemount. A team of three rangers were flown to the site via the park’s on-call contracted aircraft from HiLine Helicopters. The extraction was completed with a wall pick-off type short-haul, then an internal flight. The 36 year old climber was treated and released at the local hospital.
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.