• 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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  • Lone Mountain Fire - 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 and War Creek Trails are closed. Rainbow Loop Trail is in-use as a staging area and closed to public use. More »

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    Due to fire activity near the trail, the US Forest Service has closed the Easy Pass trail and trailhead on State Route 20. This area has been receiving precipitation. The highway remains open.

Recovery of Fallen Climber

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Date: September 15, 2010
Contact: Kelly Bush, 360-391-3579

Marblemount, WA— The body of missing climber John Arum was recovered today via helicopter by Snohomish County Sheriff’s Office at the request of the National Park Service. The 49-year old mountaineer from the Seattle area began a solo attempt of the 8,500-foot Storm
King Mountain on Saturday August 28
th and was reported overdue on Monday, August 30th.

Arum’s body was located from the air by National Park Service
personnel on September 3
rd on the steep face of Storm King Mountain at an elevation of 7,700. Due to technical challenges and poor weather, recovery operations were delayed.

Search and recovery participants included members of the Stehekin community, Chelan County Mountain Rescue, King County Sheriff’s Office, Snohomish County Sheriff’s Office, and National Park Service.

Photographs of Storm King Mountain, including the approximate location of Arum’s fall are available at http://www.flickr.com/photos/northcascadesnationalpark/sets/72157624748751327

Did You Know?

Grizzly bear track in North Cascades National Park (1989). Photo Credit: NPS/NOCA/Roger Christophersen

Grizzly bear tracks can be a reliable indicator of species? Grizzly bear and black bear forepaw tracks are distinct from one another and often times better than a photo of the bear to confirm an observation. So don't just look up, look down.