Highway 20 Will Be Closed East of the Park For Culvert Repairs On Oct 21 & 22.
Highway 20 will be completely closed between mileposts 147 & 157 (Granite Creek to Rainy Pass) from 6 a.m. Oct. 21 to 4 p.m. Oct. 22. The Easy Pass trailhead will be inaccessible during this time. More »
Diablo Lake To Be Drawn Down Three Feet in Oct., Trailer-Launched Boats Affected
Diablo Lake will be drawn down 3 vertical feet for facility repairs from October 8-17. During the drawdown, boats with trailers will not be able to launch or take boats off the water. Hand-launched vessels will still be able to launch. More »
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 »
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?
The North Cascades are well known for the abundant waterfalls that lace the mountains. Two of the best known waterfalls are Gorge Falls between Newhalem and Diablo along State Route 20 and Rainbow Falls in the Stehekin Valley.