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SR 20 - North Cascades Highway

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State Route 20 is the northernmost route across the Cascade Mountain Range in Washington and is commonly referred to as the North Cascades Highway. This Scenic Byway offers travelers a wide array of beautiful vistas and is part of the Cascade Loop, a 400-mile driving tour through the Cascades. Take a virtual drive on the highway from your computer.

Pass status: Closed for the season
UPDATE: Dec. 31, 2014

The North Cascades Highway is closed for the season due to heavy snow and avalanche danger. Starting Monday, Jan. 5, 2015, the highway also will be closed to winter sports between mileposts 134 and 143 due to a rockslide. Crews clearing the slide will keep the highway plowed to get equipment to and from the site for about a month. Clearing the slide at this time will allow for a timely highway opening in spring 2015. The highway is closed to vehicle traffic at milepost 134, the Diablo Gate, in the west and milepost 171, the Silver Star Gate, in the east.

Why we close the highway in winter:
We close the North Cascades when weather, snow conditions and avalanche danger threaten the safety of drivers and our maintenance crews. We close the highway on the west side at milepost 134, east of Diablo, and on the east side at milepost 171, 14 miles west of Mazama. As the snow gets too deep for the plow truck, the east closure point is moved 7 miles down to the Early Winters Information Center at milepost 178. Avalanches typically close the highway between late November and mid December.
Reopening in the spring is usually accomplished by early May.

Current driving conditions:
Between April and November when the road is typically open, we post the current North Cascades Pass report on our WSDOT mountain passes Web page as we do for all of the passes. May through October, pass conditions are only posted if there's a potential travel hazard.

Current weather conditions:
For recreation purposes and while the highway is closed, or in the summer when the pass reports are suspended, you can find weather information with these links:

Contacts for more information

Jeff Adamson, Communications
North Central Region-Wenatchee

Tom Pearce, Communications
Northwest Region-Shoreline

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