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 »
Agnes Creek Bridge Completed
Contact: Kerry Olson, 360 854-7365 ext 13
The footbridge is now in place across Agnes Creek on the Agnes Creek Trail and is open to both hikers and stock. The bridge is located one-half mile from the Agnes Creek Trailhead in the Stehekin Valley of Lake Chelan National Recreation Area. The Agnes Creek Trail is part of the Pacific Crest Trail which spans from Mexico to Canada.
The Agnes Creek Trail footbridge was destroyed during the winter of 2006-7 by a large fallen tree. A temporary bridge was put in for the 2007 summer season, while a more permanent replacement was designed. The new bridge was flown into place on the morning of July 2nd and trail crews have been working to secure the bridge and complete the footing and handrails.
Including the Agnes Creek Trail, North Cascades National Park Service Complex has nearly 400 miles of trails and over 100 backcountry campsites that are available for exploration by hikers of all ages and abilities. The Agnes Creek Trail is an excellent day hike for families staying in the Stehekin Valley wishing to see the giant western redcedars, or can be a stunningly beautiful part of a longer backpacking trip over Suiattle Pass for the more adventurous. All overnight stays in the backcountry require a free permit that must be obtained in person at the visitor/information station nearest the departure point. For up-to-date trail information and assistance in trip planning, please visit www.nps.gov/noca or call the Wilderness Information Center at (360) 854-7245 or the Golden West Visitor Center in Stehekin, WA at (360) 854-7365, ext 14.
Did You Know?
North Cascades NPSC has over 300 glaciers, more than any other park in the lower 48 states. More than half the glaciers in the 48 states are concentrated in this mountainous wilderness region called the North Cascades.