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Glacier Creek Road is now open

Forest Service Road 39, the Glacier Creek Road, on the north end of the Mount Baker Ranger District reopened Friday, Oct. 18 following completion of repairs to slide damage at milepost 2.7.

The popular 9.3-mile forest road accesses the Heliotrope Ridge Trailhead that is the jumping-off point to a heavily traveled climbing route on the northwest side of Mount Baker.

Open to passenger vehicles its entire length, the partly paved route also offers some splendid close-up views of the 10,778-foot volcano and its icy mantle. 

Closed in mid-May after a spring storm triggered a slide below the road which eventually undermined the shoulder and part of the single lane roadbed, Glacier Creek Road also serves as one of two winter recreation routes for snowmobiling in the North Fork Nooksack River Valley near the town of Glacier.

Nearby Canyon Creek Road (FSR 31) remains closed pending replacement of an undersized creek culvert that plugged during a storm in January 2012 washing the road out at milepost 1.7.