• View from Sourdough Mountain Overlook  A view looking down onto Diablo Lake. Photo Credit: NPS/Michael Silverman, 2010.

    North Cascades

    National Park Washington

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Temporary Log Crossing Installed on Thunder Creek Trail

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Date: August 12, 2010
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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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.