Cayuse Pass to Open, Chinook Pass to remain closed


The WSDOT will open Cayuse Pass today at noon. Closed since November 16th, the pass, at the junction of Highways 123 and 410, links Enumclaw and Naches.

Clearing the Snow on Cayuse Pass

Avalanche Debris covers Hwy 123

This weekend, skiers and riders from Eastern Washington can access Crystal Mountain via Cayuse Pass.

Normally, Cayuse opens near mid-April, but thanks to the deep snow and late spring storms, both passes have stayed closed much longer than average.

Chinook Pass, however, will not open for Memorial Day Weekend. Battling floods, cool temperatures and lack of snow melt, crews are still working to clear the road.

Chinook Pass still under snow

The North Cascades Highway opened yesterday. Check the WSDOT website for current weather conditions.

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