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 »
Time to Plan for Some Fun in Your National Park
Contact: Charles Beall, 360-854-7302
“Now is a great time to plan for some fun in your national park,” announced North Cascades National Park Complex Superintendent Chip Jenkins, “so gather your family and friends and sample the variety of activities that your national park has to offer.”
Car Access Campgrounds
Numerous car access campgrounds are located along the North Cascades Highway:
Park Rangers offer a variety of programs at the Golden West Visitor Center, North Cascades National Park Visitor Center, Colonial Creek Campground, and Newhalem Creek Campground. Check area bulletin boards or http://www.nps.gov/noca/planyourvisit/events.htm for updated schedules.
Junior Ranger Program
A dynamic new Junior Ranger Program is now available for kids and families visiting their national park. Four age-appropriate booklets introduce the unique natural and cultural history of the North Cascades through a series of fun activities and are organized around a specific theme to build connections and knowledge of this national park. Pick up a free Junior Ranger activity booklet at park visitor information center or download a copy at http://www.nps.gov/noca/forkids/beajuniorranger.htm. Kids are also encouraged to become a WebRanger by visiting http://www.nps.gov/webrangers and playing some of the more than 50 games that teach about national parks.
North Cascades Environmental Learning Center
The North Cascades Institute’s 2010 catalog of classes and programs is now available. Copies are available at www.ncascades.org/get_involved/request_catalog.html or by calling 360-854-2599.
The new Base Camp program is an exciting opportunity to explore and learn about the magnificent North Cascades ecosystem from professional naturalists and instructors while enjoying the comforts of our campus in the heart of North Cascades National Park. Learn more at www.ncascades.org/basecamp.
Here is a sampling of upcoming programs:
Access to Stehekin is by ferry, floatplane, or hiking. Visitors can hike the area’s many trails, camp, rent a bicycle, raft the Stehekin River, horseback ride, kayak on Lake Chelan, attend a ranger program, or soak up the historic ambiance of the community. Knowledgeable park rangers can be found at the Golden West Visitor Center each day to help you plan your next activity. Visit http://www.nps.gov/noca/planyourvisit/stehekin.htm or call 360-854-7365 x.14 for more information.
Stehekin Landing Resort
The Stehekin Landing Resort treats guests to rustic comfort in rooms overlooking Lake Chelan. The Resort has kitchen units available for nightly rentals and the store is open daily from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Lake view rooms and shuttle transportation are available on the weekends. Lunch in the restaurant is available daily, as is dinner on Friday and Saturday and breakfast on Saturday and Sunday.
Beginning June 11 (and through September 30), the Resort will be full service: all lodging units available; daily breakfast, lunch, and dinner at the restaurant; store open daily 8:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m.; full shuttle service. The Resort will also be open with limited services through October. Visit http://www.stehekinlanding.com or call 509-682-4494 for more information.
In addition to the Stehekin Landing Resort, several camping options are available to serve overnight visitors, all of which are free:
Ride one of the new “vintage” buses up the Stehekin Valley to marvel at 312-foot Rainbow Falls. Learn about the natural and cultural history of this special place from your driver or a park ranger. $7 for adults, $4 for children age 6-11, free for children under 6.
This unique area offers camping, hiking, boating, and fishing at the international border with Canada and Skagit Valley Provincial Park. The free, primitive campground (pit toilets, water) is open May 21 through September 27 and ranger programs begin July 2. Access to Hozomeen is via a 40-mile gravel road from Hope, British Columbia.
The park offers nearly 400 miles of hiking trails – many of which remain snow-covered well into the summer. Early season favorites include the Lakeshore Trail along Lake Chelan and the East Bank Trail along Ross Lake. If you are heading into the backcountry in the early season, keep in mind that you could encounter a wide variety of conditions – from new or deep snow to mudslides, bridges out, downfall, etc. Carry extra food and clothing, and leave an itinerary with family or friends. All overnight stays in the backcountry require a free permit that must be obtained in person at the visitor/information station nearest the departure point. For current trail information, visit http://www.nps.gov/noca/planyourvisit/trail-conditions.htm or call 360-854-7245.
Celebrate the North Cascades!
Bring your family and friends to REI in Seattle (222 Yale Ave. N.) on May 26 from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. for a fun evening exploring the North Cascades. Talk with North Cascades National Park rangers, and connect with organizations like the North Cascades Institute, The Mountaineers, REI, Washington Trails Association and The Wilderness Society to learn about stewardship opportunities or plan your summer outings. Enter to win gear, North Cascades trips and other prizes for your outdoor adventures, and enjoy refreshments. Preview the original KCTS-9 documentary, North Cascades: People, Places and Stories, which chronicles our connection with the land and how the North Cascades define us as a culture. More information about this event is available at http://experiencewilderness.org/news/celebrate-the-north-cascades.
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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.