• View from Sourdough Mountain Overlook  A view looking down onto Diablo Lake. Photo Credit: NPS/Michael Silverman, 2010.

    North Cascades

    National Park Washington

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  • 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 »

Employee Wins National Award

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Date: August 30, 2007
Contact: Charles Beall, 360-854-7302

(Washington, DC) – In a ceremony today in Washington D.C., three outstanding employees of the National Park Service (NPS) were honored for their lasting contributions toward preserving and relating the history of their respective parks.

Bob Mierendorf, Johnnie Powell and Alexa Roberts have been named as the 2006 recipients of the prestigious Appleman-Judd-Lewis Award for Excellence in Cultural Resources Stewardship and Management. “Each of these 2006 award winners, these shining stars of the NPS, inspires all of us to follow their example,” said NPS Director Mary A. Bomar. “Because of their work, we know more about nearly 9,000 years of human history in the northern Cascades range, we have better preserved the historic buildings at Denali and we have ensured that tribal perspectives have been well represented during the planning for and development of Sand Creek.”

Bob Mierendorf has served as an archeologist at North Cascades National Park in Washington for the past 20 years, most recently as Park Archeologist, where he has worked to promote excellence in archeological research in high-mountain archeology. In 2005, Mierendorf began to explore human prehistory at Cascade Pass where he directed excavation and made several significant discoveries. In 2005 and 2006 Mr. Mierendorf made discoveries of about nearly 9,000 years of human history at the site - the first documented well-stratified archeological site of its kind in the sub-alpine environment of the northern Cascades range of Washington and British Columbia. His work at Cascade Pass is highly significant, not just for creating a greater depth of understanding of high-mountain archeology but for re-defining regional perceptions of human history.

NPS Director Bomar presented each award recipient with an engraved crystal award and $2,500. The Appleman-Judd-Lewis Award for Excellence in Cultural Resource Management was established in 1970. It is named for three well-respected, longtime National Park Service employees: historian Roy E. Appleman, historical architect Henry A. Judd, and curator Ralph H. Lewis.

Did You Know?

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.