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
Avalanche and maintenance crews found potentially unstable avalanche chutes and snowslides over the highway - the largest below Liberty Bell Mountain - 150' wide x 12' deep, on Dec. 3 and determined it was not safe to attempt to reopen, following the temporary closure Sunday.
Winter mountain pass reports began Nov. 1.
Be prepared for winter driving conditions.
Check the links below to weather forecasts, weather stations or call 5-1-1, before you go.
Why we close the road
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
2830 Euclid Ave.
Wenatchee, WA 98801
Bart Treece, Communications
15700 Dayton Avenue North
Shoreline, WA 98133
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