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 »
Accessibility at Gorge Overlook Trail
Accessible parking, toilets, and curb ramps available. About half of this loop trail is fully accessible and paved. The other half is compacted gravel. The loop in its entirety is .8 miles (1.3 kilometers) long with benches and interpretive signs. Ravens and crows dance and call in the gentle breeze blowing through the gorge. A waterfall, Gorge Dam and Gorge Lake can be seen from the paved section of the trail.
Paved Portion: Rated: Easy. Trail length: .2 mile. Total elevation change: 20 feet. Inclination: 0-6% grade. Cross-slope: 0-3%. Trail width: 36 inches average, 32 inches minimum. Surface: paved.Unpaved Portion: Rated: Most difficult. Trail length: .33 mile. Elevation change: 50 feet. Inclination: 0-14% grade. Cross-slope: 0-5%. Trail width: 36 inches average, 32 inches minimum. Surface: compacted gravel. Obstacles: Occasional rock or root.
Did You Know?
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.