• 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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  • Cascade River Road will be open as normal through fall/winter 2014

    Cascade River Rd. will be open in 2014 until snow conditions make it impassable to vehicles, as normal. The road closure that was planned to begin September 8 has been postponed beyond 2014 due to unforeseen circumstances. More »

  • Lone Mountain Fire - National Park Service Trail Closures

    The Lone Mountain Fire in North Cascades National Park is approximately 5 mi NW of Stehekin in the Boulder Creek drainage. Boulder Creek Trail is closed. More »

  • Re-opening of Adjacent U.S. Forest Service Road and Trails that Access North Cascades NP Complex

    The area closure of the Twisp River Road and the Lake Chelan-Sawtooth Wilderness in the Okanogan-Wenatchee National Forest due to wildfires has been lifted as of August 19, 2014. More »

Aerial Rescue from Dorado Needle

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News Release Date: August 19, 2009
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?

Grizzly bear track in North Cascades National Park (1989). Photo Credit: NPS/NOCA/Roger Christophersen

Grizzly bear tracks can be a reliable indicator of species? Grizzly bear and black bear forepaw tracks are distinct from one another and often times better than a photo of the bear to confirm an observation. So don't just look up, look down.