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Contact: Denise Shultz
Sedro Woolley, WA–Cascade River Road will be closed to all vehicle and foot traffic from September 8 through late October 2015. The road closure will begin at the Eldorado parking area near milepost 20 and will affect hikers and climbers approaching the area from either the east or west side. Eldorado Peak and other peaks accessed via Eldorado Creek will not be affected by the road closure.
The National Park Service and Federal Highway Administration project will use heavy equipment and large dump trucks to make the necessary repairs. A sixty-foot long concrete"boxculvert" with a debris rack will be installed at the site of Boston Creek, a common wash-out area. The road was significantly damaged at Boston Creek in 2009 and again in August 2013, when a washout left over 70 visitors temporarily stranded.
The Cascade River Road provides access to the very popular Cascade Pass, Horseshoe Basin, and Sahale Arm Trails, as well as a scenic route for visitors hiking across the park to Stehekin. Boston Basin is a popular climbing area, with access to Forbidden, Sahale and Sharkfin peaks, among others. This temporary road closure will ensure continued access to these areas in the future, with less potential for road failure.
Multiple fires throughout the park have caused the closure of many trails and camp areas. For up-to-date information, visit the park's website, Facebook or Twitter pages. For assistance with trip planning and suggestions for alternative autumn hikes or climbs, please contact the Wilderness Information Center at (360)854-7245.