Diablo Lake To Be Drawn Down Three Feet in Early Oct., Trailer-Launched Boats Affected
Diablo Lake will be drawn down 3 vertical feet for facility repairs from October 1-15. 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 »
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 »
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?
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.