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 »
Temporary Log Crossing Installed on Thunder Creek Trail
Contact: Charles Beall, 360-854-7302
A temporary log crossing is in place over Thunder Creek making the Thunder Creek Trail passable again to foot traffic. The trail was closed about 14 miles from the trailhead, just before the Skagit Queen Camp, due to the failure of the Skagit Queen Bridge about four weeks ago. The crossing remains closed to stock. Due to the volume and speed of the creek and the steepness of its banks at this location, there is no recommended safe alternative crossing for stock.
“We hope that this new log crossing will last through the winter so that it can also be used next spring while we work on a permanent replacement of the Skagit Queen Bridge,” said Trail Maintenance and Historic Preservation Supervisor Don Mann. “Depending on snow conditions, we plan to have a new bridge in place by mid-June next year.”
It took a crew of four people (two park employees and two Student Conservation Association interns) four days to put the temporary log crossing in place. A wire rope was also installed to be used and a handrail. “We are fortunate to have a professional trail crew on staff to respond to these needs,” said park superintendent Chip Jenkins. “The additional assistance of volunteers from organizations such as the Student Conservation Association and Washington Trails Association helps us ensure that park trails are maintained in great condition.”
Digital images of the damaged Skagit Queen Bridge and its temporary replacement are available at http://www.flickr.com/photos/northcascadesnationalpark/sets/72157624585818361
Current trail information is available at http://www.nps.gov/noca/planyourvisit/hiking.htm
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