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 Destroyed by Tree
Contact: Charles Beall, (360) 856-5700 ext. 365
A North Cascades National Park wildlife survey crew discovered today that the Agnes Creek Trail footbridge had been destroyed by a fallen tree. “It is not clear exactly when the damage occurred, but the number of downed trees which our crews have encountered while opening trails this spring has been impressive,” explained Trails Foreman Craig Holmquist.
The destroyed bridge is located one-half mile from the Agnes Creek Trailhead in the Lake Chelan National Recreation Area. The Agnes Creek Trail is part of the Pacific Crest Trail which spans from Mexico to Canada. Alternatives for a temporary crossing are being developed and are anticipated to be in place by July 1 and in advance of the summer hiking season. Permanent replacement of the bridge may take up to one year. A subsequent release will be distributed when the temporary crossing is in place.
“Agnes Creek cannot be safely forded at this time of year – hikers are advised to not attempt crossings of this or any other creeks where bridges are damaged,” warned Holmquist. For up-to-date trail information and assistance in planning alternative routes, please visit www.nps.gov/noca or call park headquarters at 360-856-5700 x.515.
Did You Know?
There are more insects in the Park than any other group of animals; in fact, 95% of all animal species on earth are insects. Take your time to explore the breathtaking world of butterflies, beetles, and bugs. More...