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 »
Panther Creek Fire Update III
Contact: Kerry Olson, 360 854-7303
NOTE: This is the last Panther Creek Fire update pending further fire activity.
The Panther Creek Fire is located within Ross Lake National Recreation Area. The fire was detected on June 28. It was started by lightning during a series of electric storms that moved through the area in June.
Firefighters hiked the Panther Creek Trail July 6 to the base of the fire. Through their on scene work, it was determined that the fire is 139.7 acres in size. The fire, following a steep drainage, has burned down to Panther Creek. The cool, rainy weather has greatly slowed fire growth.
Due to the steep and dangerous terrain, firefighters are not on the mountain at the wildfire. The fire is being closely managed by
The fire is in an area of North Cascades National Park Complex which is a fire adapted ecosystem. While wildfire is a beneficial natural process to the Park’s diverse ecosystems, the safety of firefighters and protecting the public, as well as any infrastructure, are park management’s first priorities.
The Panther Creek Trail is closed from the trailhead on Highway 20 to Fourth of July Pass until further notice.
Highway 20 is open. Park visitor facilities have not been affected.
For current fire information, contact the
To learn more about wildland fire in the National Park System go to: www.nps.gov/fire/fire/fir_wildland.cfm
Did You Know?
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.