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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.

North Cascades Highway: Still under 75 feet of snow


WSDOT hopes to have Highway 20 open by Memorial Day. But they aren’t making any promises.

A D6 dozer takes on a 75 foot wall of snow in the North Cascades

SR 20, also known as the North Cascades Highway, closes every winter due to avalanche hazard. Usually the road is open in April. This year, they are hoping to get it open by the end of May.

A snowblower digs through debris on the road

According to the WSDOT website, crews are working hard on Cayuse Pass, Chinook Pass and SR 20, hoping to get “at least two of the passes open by Memorial Day.”

They call this spring cleaning

While they are getting close on Cayuse and SR 20, they still do not have an estimate on Chinook. The website also states, “the last time all three passes opened so late was in 1974.”

Check out more WSDOT photos on Flickr.