• 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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    On September 17 and October 1-15 Diablo Lake will be drawn down 3 vertical feet for facility repairs. During the drawdown, boats with trailers will not be able to launch or take boats off the water. Hand-launched vessels will still be able to launch. More »

  • 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 »

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?

Cascading stream

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.