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mtn.climber
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PostMon Sep 09, 2019 10:52 am 
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Just a heads up for anyone planning to drive up the Hart's Pass/Slate Peak road.
I planned on driving to Slate Peak on Sunday.  Made it to the narrowest/sketchiest part of the road (steep rock on one side, long drop on the other), where I ran into a mudslide that blocked the road.  I was able to turn around, but it wasn't easy.
On the drive back, I met a FS ranger headed up.  He had obviously heard about the slide, as he flagged me down to ask for details.
Not sure how long it will take to clear.  But I wouldn't try to drive up there without calling the ranger district first.

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PostMon Sep 09, 2019 11:49 am 
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Thank you for the update!
Unless there is serious damage, my guess it will be fixed soon as that's a popular place. And, the high hunt starts on the 15th.
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PostTue Sep 10, 2019 10:44 am 
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Update

Alert: Road damage and debris flows

Recent heavy rains have caused a number of debris flows across roads in the Okanogan-Wenatchee National Forest:

• Twisp River area in the Crescent Fire burn scar – Debris flows have occurred in three locations along Twisp River Road #4430, approx. 16 miles west of Twisp, WA. The slides are in the Slate Creek Trailhead vicinity. The road is not passable and is closed; barricades have been placed at both sides of the debris flows. Heavy equipment will be needed to remove the material that washed down the hill over the roadway; this work will probably occur some time next week.

• Winthrop/Mazama area – There is a small debris slide on Hart’s Pass Road, crews were able to clear a bit of it but it is not recommended for use as the slide may still be active, especially with more rainfall. Road repair work is set for this week.

• Four slides on the North Fork Tieton Road #1207 in the Miriam Creek and Crescent fires burn scars on the Naches Ranger District on Sept. 9 temporarily trapped some recreationists behind the slides. Forest Service crews were able to re-open the road enough for folks to leave that afternoon.
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PostTue Sep 10, 2019 8:27 pm 
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Thanks MC.  Nice to see you on here again Soops.

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