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Jun Bum Kim
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North Cascades in November? on 11/03/2013 00:44:09 MDT Print View

I am trying to head up to Easy Pass soon. Will I need an ice axe?

Has anyone been up there recently? Any other parts of North Cascades that I can visit?

Thank you,

Ozzy McKinney
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Locale: PNW
I'd take one on 11/03/2013 18:39:13 MST Print View

Snow level looked about 2500 feet up valley today. I'd bring an axe and some traction devices, a lot of north-facing stuff will probably be icy.

Cutthroat or Maple Pass might be friendlier, more scenic alternatives in that area. Or Ruby Mt if you feel ambitious.

Jun Bum Kim
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Trail closure on 11/04/2013 00:51:12 MST Print View

Thanks for the info.

Do all the trails remain open throughout the winter?

Ozzy McKinney
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Locale: PNW
hwy20 closure on 11/04/2013 10:26:29 MST Print View

I'd say you have about a week/maybe two, until they close down highway 20 at the Ross Lake Dam trailhead (seasonal closure for avy danger). You can still roam the park, you just can't access any trailheads pass that point by motor vehicle.

Ross Lake is a beautiful, lonely place this time of year, lots of lower elevation trails/camps. You might consider that if the first big snow dump has already happened up high.