Washington’s North Cascade Highway Now Open for the Season

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State Route 20, aka the North Cascade Highway in Washington, is now open to vehicle traffic for the 2022 season. For the past six weeks, workers have been clearing the highway of snow between winter closure points near Diablo and Mazama, according to the Department of Transportation. The highway has been closed between the closure points since Nov. 15.

State Route 20 is the northernmost route across the Cascade Mountain Range in Washington. The scenic byway is part of the Cascade Loop, an absolutely gorgeous 400-mile long route through the Cascades.

The 37-mile-long pass closes every year in late November or early December based on snow conditions. Dozens of avalanche paths cross the highway, making it too dangerous to keep the highway open through the winter.

According to transportation officials, though the roadway is now open, most facilities in the area have yet to reopen for the warmer seasons, MSN reports. 

An image captured by Fox 13 News of an excavator clearing a section of the North Cascade Highway. 

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