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 »
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?
In addition to Wilderness, Recreation Areas and National Park designations there are also five Research Natural Areas in the complex: Silver Lake, Pyramid Lake, Boston Glacier, Stetattle Creek and Big Beaver Valley.