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 »
Diablo Lake Trail bridge closure
DIABLO LAKE TRAIL BRIDGE CLOSURE APRIL 16
The North Cascades National Park trail crew will resume construction April 16 on the Diablo Lake Trail footbridge just west of Ross Dam. The suspension bridge spans the long arm of Diablo Lake that reaches the foot of Ross Dam and connects the 3.8 mile Diablo Lake Trail with the 1.0 mile Haul Road and the 0.8 mile Ross Dam Trail. To ensure hiker safety, the bridge will be closed beginning April 16 to accommodate the replacement of structural elements, decking, and handrails. A 90 day closure has been authorized; however, the trail crew expects to complete their work in the beginning of June in advance of the summer hiking season. A subsequent announcement of reopening will occur when the work is complete and the bridge is once again safe for visitor use.
The Diablo Lake Trail, which departs from the parking lot of the North Cascades Environmental Learning Center, is still open and offers spring wildflowers and excellent views of the Diablo Lake Gorge and surrounding peaks. However, use of the Seattle City Light ferry from the top of Diablo Dam to the base of Ross Dam to accommodate a one-way hike will not be an option until the bridge reopens. The Happy-Panther Trail and West Bank Trail are excellent alternative hikes in close proximity.
For more information on hikes at Diablo Lake, Ross Lake and the surrounding area visit www.nps.gov/noca or call North Cascades National Park Service Complex headquarters at (360) 856-5700, ext 515.
Did You Know?
North Cascades NPSC has over 300 glaciers, more than any other park in the lower 48 states. More than half the glaciers in the 48 states are concentrated in this mountainous wilderness region called the North Cascades.