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 Happy Creek Forest Walk
Please note that this trail is closed during reconstruction in 2009. A .3 mile (.5 kilometer) loop, fully accessible boardwalk travels through an ancient creekside forest. Accessible parking and toilet are available. The trail weaves through tall trees and along bubbling Happy Creek. Read the interpretive signs, or just sit on a bench for a while and take in the sights, sounds and smells of this living place. Use caution if boardwalk is frosty or wet. Parking is limited, especially for large vehicles.Rated: Moderate.
Trail length: .3 mile.
Total elevation change: 150 feet.
Cross-slope: 0-3% overall.
Trail width: 6 feet.
Note: Half of trail is 0-5% grade, the other half is 5-8% grade. There is access to a longer steep rustic trail to Happy Creek Falls from this boardwalk. Keep in mind that the distance to the falls is 1.8 miles from here making it a 2-3 hour round trip for most people.
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.