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Old 08-12-2013, 10:25 AM   #1
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North Cascades Highway

The North Cascades Highway is closed due to rock and mud slides at mile post 147 to Rainy Pass and will remain closed indefinitely because of incoming storms.
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Old 08-12-2013, 09:27 PM   #2
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My wife and I were on our way to Twisp Saturday evening. About 9:30 approaching Washington Pass in a driving rain, we came upon water and debris running across the road. It was far too deep to attempt crossing so I turned the truck and trailer with our bikes around to head back to the Skagit. About 100 yards back down the road we encountered an even bigger slide. There was no avoiding it, we were spending the night. In the morning the DOT boys showed up with a loader to begin clearing the mess to the east of us. It took till 11;30 to clear a narrow path so we could get by and down to The Methow Valley. Just a few minutes earlier and we would have been swept into the trees. There were rocks as big as cars on the road. Amazing to say the least...
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Old 08-12-2013, 09:56 PM   #3
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Well that's a bummer. I was looking forward to the Monkeybutt ride next Sunday. Wad gonna hit the WABDR from Winthrop the next day.


Granparacer, glad you made it out of their safe!
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Old 08-12-2013, 09:56 PM   #4
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YOu must be living right. Glad to hear you made it out, even if a bit late.
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Old 08-13-2013, 03:14 AM   #5
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My wife and I were on our way to Twisp Saturday evening. About 9:30 approaching Washington Pass in a driving rain, we came upon water and debris running across the road. It was far too deep to attempt crossing so I turned the truck and trailer with our bikes around to head back to the Skagit. About 100 yards back down the road we encountered an even bigger slide. There was no avoiding it, we were spending the night. In the morning the DOT boys showed up with a loader to begin clearing the mess to the east of us. It took till 11;30 to clear a narrow path so we could get by and down to The Methow Valley. Just a few minutes earlier and we would have been swept into the trees. There were rocks as big as cars on the road. Amazing to say the least...
WOW, I'm glad you were hit by one of the big rocks.
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Old 08-13-2013, 04:31 AM   #6
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WOW, I'm glad you were hit by one of the big rocks.
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WOW, I'm glad you weren't hit by one of the big rocks.
Whoa. Hate to Klay you, LB, but that's some spelling I just gotta correct.
Grandparacer, that story would have only been better if you were on the motos.
Wow. Scary chit, eh?
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Old 08-13-2013, 07:42 AM   #7
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We decided to haul over to avoid the scary "deer on the road" situation near Mazama as we would be there late in the evening. It was definitely more comfy in the burb than under a tree all night!
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Old 08-14-2013, 07:38 AM   #8
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Any new update on the road conditions, or anyone know about when the bridge is going to be fixed near Mt. Vernon?
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Old 08-14-2013, 07:57 AM   #9
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Any new update on the road conditions, or anyone know about when the bridge is going to be fixed near Mt. Vernon?
The bridge in Mount Vernon/Burlington is open with the temp span in place...thousands of cars rolling over it daily. The complete fix is well underway with the first large girder arriving in the last day or so.

As far as Hwy 20, after being stuck in Mazama the last few days, we drove the 6 1/2 hour "detour" and returned to Mount Vernon last night along with our ATV's...by the way, Conconully is AWESOME towards ATV's and you can ride directly into town from many of the open county roads...anyway, Hwy 20 MAY BE open by Labor Day weekend, but they can't say for sure.
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Old 08-14-2013, 08:40 AM   #10
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As far as Hwy 20, after being stuck in Mazama the last few days, we drove the 6 1/2 hour "detour" and returned to Mount Vernon last night along with our ATV's...by the way, Conconully is AWESOME towards ATV's and you can ride directly into town from many of the open county roads...anyway, Hwy 20 MAY BE open by Labor Day weekend, but they can't say for sure.

Ouch. So definitely not Sunday for the Monkey Butt ehh?

What a fuggin bummer. Fingers crossed
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Old 08-14-2013, 11:42 AM   #11
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Happy you guy's made it home safely Marty.
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Old 08-14-2013, 02:31 PM   #12
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Wow!

What a story! I wouldn't have gotten any sleep that night, wondering where the next slide would come down. Glad you made it out safely.
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Old 08-14-2013, 04:57 PM   #13
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Whoa. Hate to Klay you, LB, but that's some spelling I just gotta correct.
Grandparacer, that story would have only been better if you were on the motos.
Wow. Scary chit, eh?

Whoa is right. Thanks for the fix I don't want anyone getting hit by a big rock.
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Old 08-14-2013, 07:57 PM   #14
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I didn't sleep much; every time the rain would resume I would get out and look up to the trees for a sign the mud was coming. I figured that I could move the rig or run if necessary. Some of the slides came right out of the forest mowing down trees. Pretty spooky. I've slept better in grizzly country!
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Old 08-15-2013, 06:47 AM   #15
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From DOT website.

"August 14 Update: SR 20 from milepost 147 to milepost 157, Rainy Pass, is still closed due to mudslides. We can’t make a firm reopening prediction yet, but hope to be able to by Friday. Regardless, it can’t happen before this weekend so travelers should make plans to take an alternate route route."
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