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    North Cascades

    National Park Washington

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  • Lone Mountain Fire Burns Above Lake Chelan - Trail Closures

    The Lone Mountain Fire is burning in North Cascades National Park approximately five miles northwest of Stehekin in the Boulder Creek drainage. As a precaution Boulder Creek Trail has been closed entirely. The westbound War Creek Trail is also closed. More »

  • USFS closes Easy Pass Trail from State Route 20

    Due to fire activity near the trail, the US Forest Service has closed the Easy Pass trail and trailhead on State Route 20. This area has been receiving precipitation. The highway remains open.

Cascade River Road Now Open to Cascade Pass Trailhead

Cascade Pass Road Repair NPS Photo
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Temporary culvert at Boston Creek

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News Release Date: August 20, 2013
Contact: Rick Acosta, Information Officer, 360-854-7356

Marblemount, WA – August 20, 2013 – The Cascade River Road is now open to all vehicles to its end at Cascade Pass Trailhead. The road had temporarily been closed at the Eldorado Trailhead, three and a half miles below the Cascade Pass Trailhead. In the early evening of August 11, a huge thunderstorm over the Cascade River Basin released a torrential downpour causing a wash-out of the Cascade River Road at Boston Creek. The vehicles of 70 hikers were stranded the night of August 11 and most of August 12.

National Park Service Rangers spent the night assisting the public and keeping them informed. Employees of North Cascades National Park teamed up to supply the stranded people with water, food, and needed medication.. A temporary fix was completed by 4:00 p.m. on August 12, and the stranded hikers were able to drive out. 

Although the current repair of the wash out is still temporary, it has been made sufficiently stable and has been reviewed and approved by National Park Service staff. Employees of North Cascades National Park are currently assessing permanent design alternatives. Visitors to remote areas are encouraged to carry essential supplies and watch current and expected weather as mountain roads are subject to flooding during periods of extreme weather.

The trail to Cascade Pass is considered the most popular hiking trail in North Cascades National Park. The trailhead is located approximately 23 miles from the junction of the Cascade River Road and State Highway 20.

Did You Know?

Grizzly bear track in North Cascades National Park (1989). Photo Credit: NPS/NOCA/Roger Christophersen

Grizzly bear tracks can be a reliable indicator of species? Grizzly bear and black bear forepaw tracks are distinct from one another and often times better than a photo of the bear to confirm an observation. So don't just look up, look down.