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 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...