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 »
Summer Speaker Series
Contact: Charles Beall, 360 854-7301
Inspired by the forthcoming September airing on PBS of the six-part documentary series, The National Parks: America’s Best Idea, North Cascades National Park Complex presents a free summer speaker series at the Newhalem Creek Campground Amphitheater* (one program takes place at the Colonial Creek Campground Amphitheater). The lineup includes conservationists, authors, professors, and park resource professionals.
Saturday, July 11 – Wilderness Alps
Ken Wilcox, North Cascades Conservation Council
Saturday, July 18 – The Amazing Behaviors of Crows and Ravens
John Marzluff, Assistant Professor of Wildlife Science, University of Washington
Saturday, July 25 – Glaciers: Evidence for Past and Future Climate Change
Jon Riedel, Geologist, North Cascades National Park
Saturday, August 1 – The National Park Service and the New Deal
David Louter, History Program Manager, Pacific West Region, National Park Service
Saturday, August 8 – Wilderness in National Parks: Playground or Preserve
John Miles, Professor of Environmental Studies, Huxley College, Western Washington University
*Wednesday, August 12 at Colonial Creek Campground Amphitheater – Four Dams, One Man
Jesse Kennedy, Chief of Cultural Resources, North Cascades National Park
Saturday, August 22 – When Politics and Parks Collide: How the North Cascades Came About
Peter Jackson, writer and conservation activist
Saturday, August 29 – Stunning Aerial Photography from Northern California to Southeast Alaska
John Scurlock, pilot, climber, and photographer
*All programs with the exception of Wednesday, August 12 will be held at the Newhalem Creek Campground Amphitheater. Programs begin at 8:30 p.m. and last between 45 minutes and one hour.
Directions: The Newhalem Creek Campground is located along the North Cascades Highway (State Route 20) at milepost 120, just west of the town of Newhalem. Cross the one-lane bridge over the Skagit River, continue past the registration station, and turn right at the four-way stop. The amphitheater is located in Loop A, across from campsite 13.
Make it a Newhalem weekend! The Newhalem Creek Campground contains 114 campsites for $12 per night. Two of the campground’s three loops are available on a first-come first-served basis. Reservations are available for the third loop and for group sites at http://www.recreation.gov. Stop by the North Cascades Visitor Center and pick up a free Junior Ranger booklet or borrow a free Family Fun Pack. Hike the network of family-friendly trails along the Skagit River and through the forest to interesting sites like the Rockshelter – a natural shelter above Newhalem Creek that has been used by native people for over 1,400 years. Additional information on these trails is available at http://www.nps.gov/noca/planyourvisit/newhalem-area-trails.htm. Tour the historic company town of Newhalem (walking tour available at http://www.seattle.gov/light/printdocs/Newhalem.pdf), enjoy some fudge from the Skagit General Store, or take a narrated cruise on Diablo Lake for stunning views of glaciers and cascading waterfalls (more information and reservations for the Diablo Lake Adventure and Diablo Dam Good Dinner Tour are available at http://www.skagittours.com). If you prefer stay in a hotel and eat in a restaurant, rather than camp and prepare your own meals, then visit http://www.marblemount.comfor lodging and dining options in the near-by community of Marblemount.
Did You Know?
In addition to Wilderness, Recreation Areas and National Park designations there are also five Research Natural Areas in the complex: Silver Lake, Pyramid Lake, Boston Glacier, Stetattle Creek and Big Beaver Valley.