North Cascades (State Route 20) Conditions

These reports are updated weekly through forest visitor reports. Please call the ranger station to give a report after your hike or send an email. Please contact the Mt. Baker Ranger District at 360-856-5700 ext. 515 for detailed conditions.
 

Road & Trail Status Definitions

• OPEN - No restrictions, forest visitors can drive the road or hike the trail.
• UNREACHABLE - Forest visitors can only drive or hike part of the trail because of snow, trail damage, wildlife habitat or road or trail is not reachable because of damage or closures on roads or trails leading to it.
• CLOSED - Road or trail closed because of forest closures, wildlife habitat, road damage, gates or barriers. Forest visitors cannot drive any part of the road or hike any part of the trail.
• NOT CLEARED - Road or trail is snow covered or not brushed out but still open.
• INACCESSIBLE - Road or trail not reachable because of road damage or closures on roads or trails leading to it.
• TEMP CLOSED – Road or trail construction closing access.
• UNKNOWN – Status of road or trail not known at this time.

 

Road Conditions     

Please take all precautions as weather and road conditions can change. Bring extra clothing, food, water, blankets, first aid kit and let someone know your destination and expected day/time of return.  

 

Road Current Status & Remarks Surface / Lanes
1030/1036
Sauk Mtn

NOT CLEARED     
4/15/2014 

Snow

Gravel
One Lane
1050
Diobsud Creek
NOT CLEARED 
4/15/2014
Snow free until mile 2.2.  
Gravel
One Lane
1060
Bacon Creek
NOT CLEARED 
4/15/2014 

Snow free until mile 2.7. 
Gravel
One Lane
14
Jackman-Thunder
UNKNOWN 
4/15/2014
   
Gravel One Lane
1420
Thunder Lakes
UNKNOWN
4/15/2014
 
Gravel One Lane
15
Cascade River

Partial Closure
4/15/2014

Snow free to mile 13. Rutted snow and wood debris beyond. Road is closed at mile 21, for the season, due to snow.

Road is 23 miles and paved to mile 10, then gravel with potholes and washboards, generally drivable for low clearance vehicles. Not suitable for large RVs due to steep and narrow sections and some sharp switchbacks. Please drive slowly, road is narrow.

Gravel
One Lane
1540
Sibley CR/Hidden Lk

NOT CLEARED
4/15/2014
Snow free to mile 1.5. NOTE: Parking lot is small and turn-around can be difficult. Narrow Road with switchbacks and very few pull-offs, drive slow.

Gravel
One Lane
1550
Irene Creek
NOT CLEARED  
4/15/2014

Rutted and continuous snow until mile 1.4 then snow covered beyond.  
Gravel
One Lane
1560
Saddle Point
UNKNOWN
4/15/2014
 
Gravel
One Lane
1570
Found Creek (& Kindy)
UNREACHABLE   
4/15/2014
PARTIAL - Road washed out at milepost 1.7, rock barriers, road will not reopen beyond this point. High clearance vehicles required.
Gravel
One Lane
1590
South Fork Cascade
CLOSED
No vehicle access.
Gravel
One Lane
16
Illabot Creek
NOT CLEARED   
4/15/2014
Snow
Gravel
One Lane
1610
West Boundary
UNKNOWN 
4/15/2014
 
Gravel
One Lane
1610-021
Suiattle Mountain
CLOSED  
4/15/2014
Yearly seasonal wildlife closure Dec.1- June 1.
Gravel
One Lane
1620
Hilt Creek
UNKNOWN 
4/15/2014
No recent report. High clearance 4x4 vehicles recommended.
Gravel
One Lane
17
Finney-Cumberland

OPEN - partial
4/15/2014

Impassable on the Cumberland Creek side (closer to Sedro-Woolley) due to snow.
Open on theFinney Creek Side (closer to Rockport). Open for 8 miles then snow.

Paved/Gravel
Two/One Lanes
1705
Gee Creek

NOT CLEARED  
4/15/2014
Snow - Gated at milepost 8.0; Full year wildlife closure.
Water barred, high clearance ONLY.

NA
1715
Sutter Mountain
NOT CLEARED  
4/15/2014
Snow - Closed at Clendenen Creekmilepost .8.
NA
1720
Gee Point / Gee Lake
NOT CLEARED 
4/15/2014
Snow 
Gravel
One Lane
1730
Clendenen
CLOSED 
Completely washed out.
Gravel
One Lane
1775
Claims (Iron Mt.)

NOT CLEARED    
4/15/2014

Snow - Gated at milepost 10.5. Full year wildlife closure.

Gravel
One Lane
1820
Higgins Creek
UNKNOWN  
4/15/2014
Road closed by slide at milepost 1.2.
Gated at milepost 3.8. Full year wildlife closure.
Gravel
One Lane
State Route 20
North Cascades

CLOSED
4/15/2014
Seasonal Closure at Ross Lake Trailhead (elevation 2100 Feet) milepost 154. The most current information is available through the  WSDOT .
Find more details on the North Cascades Highway Information. For pass and highway conditions of this and other areas, dial 511.

Paved
Two Lanes

Trail Conditions   

Snow levels are dropping, be prepared for winter travel conditions plan for and expect to do route finding as trails become snow covered. Have your ten essentials. Bring extra clothing, food, water, blankets, first aid kit and let someone know your destination and expected day/time of return. Conditions can be hazardous if you are not prepared. Check avalanche conditions before visiting the forest.  

 

Trail Current Status & Remarks Access
Diobsud Creek
631

UNKNOWN  
4/15/2014  
Summer infor: During summer trailhead is difficult to find, look for large blaze facing road on 24-inch diameter Douglas fir.

FS RD 1050
Sauk Lake
613.1

INACCESSIBLE
4/15/2014
Snow - No pass required.
  

FS RD 1030, 1036
TR 613
Sauk Mountain
613

INACCESSIBLE   
4/15/2014
Snow - No pass required.  

FS RD 1030, 1036
Hidden Lake
 745

NOT CLEARED       
4/15/2014
Deep snow, 2 miles before lookout. Route finding required. Backcountry camping permit is required past the col and down to Hidden Lake. Approved FOOD CANISTERS REQUIRED to properly store food at lake and within the Hidden Lake Cross Country Zone. The lake is still frozen, but beginning to melt out.

NOTE:
Reaching the lake requires descending a steep boulder field--no trail to lake shore. Dogs and hunting are not allowed beyond the ridge or down to the lake. Bring a food canister, as there are very few trees for food storage.

FS RD 1540
Lookout Mountain
Monogram Lake

743

NOT CLEARED  
4/15/2014
Snow - Pets and hunting are not allowed in National Park. FOOD CANISTERS are required for camping at Monogram Lake June 1 - Nov. 15. No dogs and no hunting allowed in National Park.
*Backcountry Permit required for overnighting in the National Park* 

FS RD 15
Middle Fork Cascade River
 769.1

INACCESSIBLE
4/15/2014
Current snow conditions unknown. Trail has not been maintained, overgrown brush, washed out, and many trees are down. Route finding is required.

FS RD 1590 (gated at Cascade River Road) & TR 769
Slide Lake
 635

UNKNOWN 
4/15/2014
Snow -  Trail not maintained. No parking pass required.

FS RD 16
South Fork Cascade River
 769
INACCESSIBLE
Current snow conditions unknown. Trail has not been maintained, overgrown brush, washed out, and many trees are down. Route finding is required. There is no bridge over Middle Fork Cascade River.
FS RD 1599