• 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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  • Notice of Planned Work and Road Closure- Cascade River Road (Beginning Sept. 8, 2014)

    The Cascade River Road will be closed from September 8 until late October 2014 to all public use (including foot, bicycle, and vehicle traffic) at the Eldorado gate (3 miles from road's terminus) in order to perform permanent road and culvert repairs. 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 »

  • Closure of Adjacent U.S. Forest Service Road and Trails that Access North Cascades NP Complex

    The Twisp River Road is closed west of Eagle Creek. The following USFS trails are closed due to the Lone Mountain 1, Little Bridge, and Carlton Complex Fires: War Creek, South Creek, Twisp Pass, Reynolds Creek. More »

Snow Slide on Mount Shuksan Claims One

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Date: May 14, 2014
Contact: Kelly Bush (Wednesday), 360-391-3579
Contact: Rosemary Seifried (Thursday), 360-854-7234

May 14, 2014 -Sedro Woolley, WA–At 10:45 this morning, North Cascades National Park dispatch received a report of 2 skiers, both from Seattle, who were ascending the north face of Mount Shuksan for a ski tour when the party was hit by a snow slide. One skier narrowly avoided getting hit by the snow, but his partner was swept away and could not be located. The reporting skier, who was uninjured, was able to call for assistance using his cell phone. Two climbing rangers were dispatched via the park’s contracted helicopter to perform an aerial search. At around 15:30 this afternoon, climbing rangers located the missing skier. Rangers were able to determine that he did not survive the fall, which is estimated at over 2000 feet. Due to the nature of the terrain, and the warm weather with potential for continued unstable snow conditions, park rangers could not complete the recovery Wednesday afternoon.

Recovery operations will take place Thursday morning via helicopter, pending stable conditions.

Whatcom County SAR and Bellingham Mountain Rescue also responded.

For more information, contact Rosemary Seifried at 360-854-7234.

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.