Road to Cascade Pass trailhead reopened to vehicles

THE BELLINGHAM HERALDAugust 20, 2013 

People can once again drive to the trailhead for Cascade Pass in North Cascades National Park, officials announced Tuesday, Aug. 20.

Cascade River Road had been temporarily closed at the Eldorado trailhead, about 3.5 miles below the trailhead to Cascade Pass.

Heavy rain washed out the road at Boston Creek on Sunday, Aug. 11 - stranding about 70 hikers and climbers the night of Aug. 11 and most of the next day.

Park maintenance crews put in a temporary fix by 4 p.m. Aug. 12, which allowed them to drive out.

Although the fix was temporary, park officials said it was stable enough to allow vehicle traffic while they assess a permanent repair.

Cascade Pass is the most popular hiking trail in the park. The trailhead is about 23 miles from the junction of Cascade River Road and state Highway 20.

Reach Kie Relyea at 360-715-2234 or kie.relyea@bellinghamherald.com.

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