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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.

February 2018:
The North Cascades Hwy  over Washington and Rainy passes in the North Cascades closed for the winter on Friday, November 10, 2017. The closure is between the gates at milepost 134 on the west side of the pass near Diablo and milepost 178 on the east side, a mile west of Mazama at the Early Winters Information Center.    

For the most up to date information, check the WSDOT Mtn. Pass Report & Travel ALERTS web pages or call 5-1-1.

prepared for winter driving  conditions.
Carry tire chains, blankets, warm clothing, food, water and other necessities for winter travel. Check weather conditions and forecasts before you travel.

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: 
Starting November 1 until it closes and when it opens, we post the current North Cascades Pass conditions 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:

Jeff Adamson , Communications
North Central Region-Wenatchee
Andrea E. Petrich, Communications
Northwest Region-Burlington

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*messages left on this line are not checked regularly.