Cascade River Road will be open as normal through fall/winter 2014
Cascade River Rd. will be open in 2014 until snow conditions make it impassable to vehicles, as normal. The road closure that was planned to begin September 8 has been postponed beyond 2014 due to unforeseen circumstances. More »
Lone Mountain Fire - National Park Service Trail Closures
The Lone Mountain Fire in North Cascades National Park is approximately 5 mi NW of Stehekin in the Boulder Creek drainage. Boulder Creek Trail is closed. More »
Re-opening of Adjacent U.S. Forest Service Road and Trails that Access North Cascades NP Complex
The area closure of the Twisp River Road and the Lake Chelan-Sawtooth Wilderness in the Okanogan-Wenatchee National Forest due to wildfires has been lifted as of August 19, 2014. More »
Park Rangers Recover Slide Casualty
Contact: Rosemary Seifried, 360-854-7234
May 15, 2014 -Sedro Woolley, WA– North Cascades National Park rangers successfully recovered the body of a John Cooper IV, a 46 year old ski-mountaineer from Seattle who was killed yesterday after a snow slide swept him over cliffs, in a fall of over 2000 feet, while the party was attempting a ski tour on the north side of Mount Shuksan.
Mr. Cooper had skied and climbed on Mount Shuksan prior to this attempt. The other skier was a 37 year old male, also from Seattle. The uninjured mountaineer was able to call for assistance using his cell phone, and ski out Wednesday afternoon, with support from Bellingham Mountain Rescue team members.
Two National Park climbing rangers were flown to the accident scene via the park’s contract helicopter early this morning and encountered suitable snow conditions to enact a successful recovery operation.
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.