Friday, May 10th, 2019

Katy Hooper, Park Ranger
North Cascades National Park

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Cascade River Road Opens for the Season

The Cascade River Road in North Cascades National Park now open to all vehicles to its end at Cascade Pass Trailhead. The road has been closed for the winter at the National Park boundary, five miles below the Cascade Pass Trailhead.

The opening of Cascade River Road to the trailhead is two months earlier than most years. Early season conditions still exist in the high country. Backcountry travelers should expect steep, firm snow and watch for potential changing snow conditions. Warm temperatures continue to release occasional avalanches. Hikers should be prepared with appropriate skills and equipment.

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, and is also accessed via Cascade River Road.

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