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 »
Cascade River Road Closed September 8, 2014 to Vehicle and Foot Traffic
Contact: Ken Hires, 509-699-2080 ext. 13
Contact: Rosemary Seifried, 360-854-7243
Sedro Woolley, WA–The last three miles of the Cascade River Road will be closed to all vehicle and foot traffic September 8 through late October, 2014. The road closure will begin at the Eldorado parking area near milepost 20 and will affect hikers and climbers approaching the area from either the east or west side. Access for those wishing to climb Eldorado Peak and other peaks accessed via Eldorado Creek will not be affected.
The closure will allow crews to make extensive repairs to the road, which has been subject to multiple washouts over the years. Heavy equipment and large dump trucks will be in operation during the closure and will work as quickly and efficiently as possible to make the necessary repairs.
A sixty-foot long concrete “box culvert” with a debris rack will be installed at the site of Boston Creek, a common wash-out area. The National Park Service will be working with the Federal Highway Administration to make the repairs. The road blew out at Boston Creek in 2009 and again in August 2013, when a washout left over 70 visitors temporarily stranded.
The Cascade River Road provides access to the very popular Cascade Pass, Horseshoe Basin, and Sahale Arm Trails, as well as being a scenic route for visitors hiking across the park to Stehekin. Boston Basin is a popular climbing area, with access to Forbidden, Sahale and Sharkfin peaks, among others. This temporary road closure will ensure continued access to these areas in the future, with less potential for road failure.
For assistance with trip planning, suggestions for alternative autumn hikes or climbs, or to learn about alternate hiking routes to Stehekin, please contact the Wilderness Information Center at 360-854-7245, open daily through October 12, 2014.
Did You Know?
Stephen Mather Wilderness comprises 93% of the North Cascades National Park Service Complex. About 400 miles of trail provide access to this rugged Wilderness.