Landslide closes Cleator Road access into Larrabee State Park

A 90-foot-long landslide has closed Cleator Road, which provides vehicle access to part of Larrabee State Park and the Cyrus Gates Overlook at the road’s end.

“We don’t know the exact time of the slide. It was discovered by park staff on Sunday morning,” said Toni Droscher, spokeswoman for the Washington State Parks and Recreation Commission, on Tuesday, April 7.

The slide is still being evaluated and it wasn’t known Tuesday when the road might re-open.

“The hillside above is still unstable,” Droscher said.

The slide occurred at milepost 1.4 on Cleator Road. The road is gated off at milepost 0.5.

The overlook provides parking and is the jumping-off point for area trails, including the Rock Trail built in the park in 2014.

The hiker-only trail features a 50-million-year-old sandstone rock formation, streams, cliffs, a log bridge and views of Mount Baker and the Twin Sisters through the greenery. It also boasts a 100-foot staircase that drops into a steep ravine. It is 2.4 miles round trip.

Hikers still can get to the Rock Trail via connecting routes, including the Double Black Diamond Trail. This route adds 6 miles round trip to the hike.

The trailhead for Double Black Diamond is at the Lost Lake parking lot (formerly known as Clayton Beach Day Use parking) off Chuckanut Drive.

“The road (Cleator) is our responsibility, not the county’s, unless we need more help than we have the equipment and staff for,” Droscher said. “We’re hoping to be able to repair it ourselves. It is definitely a high priority for us to get that fixed, particularly because of the popularity of the new Rock Trail.”