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.
-------------- Reach for the sky, cuz tomorrow may never come.
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 Harts 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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