• 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 »

In the Press

A milepost guide to the North Cascades Highway by Mike McQuaide, The Seattle Times, June 30, 2010

There's an old saw that says the journey is half the fun. Which, if you're making the schlep from Seattle to Portland on the Wednesday night before Thanksgiving, can be a bit hard to swallow.

Conversely, nowhere does the saying seem more true than on the cross-Cascades journey to the Methow Valley, particularly the 95-mile stretch of Highway 20 — the North Cascades Highway — from Rockport to Winthrop.

 
Stehekin becoming more accessible by K.C. Mehaffey, The Wenatchee World, April 3, 2010
The North Central Washington town best known for being accessible only by boat, plane or foot-trail is working on different kind of accessibility.

Several projects completed or now under way in Stehekin will accommodate people in wheelchairs. New tour buses, restrooms, a nature trail and a boat dock will all comply with standards in the Americans with Disabilities Act.

 
Going Solar by Ralph Schartz, Courier-Times, March 23, 2010
The Park and Forest Information Center sits on prime real estate, near the intersection of Highway 20 and Highway 9. It also happens to be a prime location for solar power.
 

Of Time and Wildness in the North Cascades by Tim Steury, Washington State Magazine, Spring 2010
Bob Mierendorf has spent the last couple of decades trying to convince the archaeological establishment that pre-contact Northwest Indians did not confine themselves to the lowlands, but frequented the high country. Now he has an ancient camping site to make his point.

Did You Know?

Cascading stream

The North Cascades are well known for the abundant waterfalls that lace the mountains. Two of the best known waterfalls are Gorge Falls between Newhalem and Diablo along State Route 20 and Rainbow Falls in the Stehekin Valley.