Cascade River Road is the name of a scenic mountain road located in Skagit County, in the U.S. state of Washington.
How long is Cascade River Road?
Tucked away within the North Cascades National Park, the road is 37km (23 miles) long, running from the North Cascades Highway (near Marblemount) to Cascade Pass trailhead, at an elevation of 1.121m (3,677ft) above the sea level. Road is paved to approximately mile 10, then gravel with some potholes and washboards, but generally drivable for low clearance vehicles. Not suitable for large RVs due to steep and narrow sections and some sharp switchbacks. Drive slowly as the road is narrow. The road is pretty steep. 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 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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