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. More »
USFS closes Easy Pass Trail from State Route 20
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.
Storm Damage Assessment
Contact: Tom Belcher, 360 856-5700 ext 371
Extensive damage has occurred to the Stehekin Valley Road, Company Creek Road and Cascade Pass Road. 240 linear feet of paved roadway has been lost and more than 5,200 linear feet of gravel surface sustained major scouring.
Over 1,000 feet of river bank has seriously eroded, destroying the road edges above; three culverts have been lost. Numerous campground sites and roads at Harlequin and Colonial Campground were badly damaged or completely washed away. At least 5 acres of the surface of Lake Chelan is covered by floating woody debris creating navigation hazards near Stehekin. Approximately 11,000 linear feet of trail tread damage has been reported in eleven drainages, and 180 linear feet of wooden trail bridges has been damaged beyond repair. Two foot logs were swept away on Thunder Knob Trail. Non ERFO-eligible road damage includes replacing two existing culverts on the Stehekin Valley Road at Thimbleberry Creek and a damaged culvert crossing at Boston Creek on Cascade Pass Road.
Stream channel changes at the North Fork of the Cascade River have created the need for a new single-lane 60-foot bridge. An initial aerial flight over the park to assess the damage in remote areas of the park has been completed with no additional major trail bridge damage reported. Photos of the flood and damage are available at http://www.nps.gov/noca/parknews/index.htm
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.