Cascade River Road in Washington is not suitable for large RVs

Cascade River Road is a picturesque mountain route situated in Skagit County, in the U.S. state of Washington.

Cascade River Road

Where is Cascade River Road?

The road is located in the northwestern part of Washington, within North Cascades National Park.

How long is Cascade River Road?

The road is 37km (23 miles) long, running from North Cascades Highway (near Marblemount) to Cascade Pass trailhead, ending at an elevation of 1.121m (3,677ft) above sea level.

Is Cascade River Road paved?

The road starts paved, and the pavement extends to around mile 10, beyond which the road transitions to gravel, featuring occasional potholes and washboards. While generally passable for vehicles with low clearance, it's not advisable for large RVs due to steep inclines, narrow passages, and tight switchbacks. Caution is advised as the road is narrow, particularly on the steep sections. The elevation gain is 1,020 meters.

Is Cascade River Road in Washington open?

After rain, even a single rainfall, conditions of the road can be challenging. Adverse weather conditions can prompt the closure of the road. This road is vulnerable to washouts during periods of heavy rain, so be prepared and move to safer ground if need be. During late autumn, winter, and spring, the road is gated at mile post 20 (Eldorado Creek), three miles before the road's end at the Cascade Pass trailhead. During this period, the road is open below the gate as snow conditions permit.
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