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Monday, December 24, 2012

Stevens Pass Closures

Note: In order to be able to park and be able to hike into Scenic Hot Springs you have to be able to drive to the base of the pass on the west side (around MP 58 - 59).  These current pass closures affect westbound traffic over the pass (Leavenworth, Wenatchee, etc. guests).  Since the pass is presently only accessible from the west side, the only other option is Hwy 97 (Blewett Pass, which is often worse) to I-90 (Snoqualimie Pass) and then back eastbound on Hwy 2 (a very long trip).

It is not uncommon for the pass to also be closed eastbound later in the winter and those closures are generally made around MP 55 (Old Cascade Hwy) - 59 (BNSF Cascade Tunnel) before the steep drive to the pass.  If the eastbound closure is at MP 59 you should be able to reach the suggested winter parking area and hike in from there.

If you have reservations in good faith for a visit to Scenic Hot Springs, and are unable to make it because of Hwy 2 Pass closures, we will do our best to reschedule you at a later date. Rick

US 2 closed from Stevens Pass to Leavenworth until conditions improve

US 2 closed from Stevens Pass to Leavenworth until conditions improve
Credit: KING / Courtesy Chelan County PUD

by KING 5 News
Posted on December 23, 2012 at 9:19 AM
Updated today at 12:42 PM
The Washington State Department of Transportation has closed US 2 west of Leavenworth due to concerns over trees that have been falling in the roadway.
The DOT says they haven't seen such poor conditions in 30 years.
“This series of storms has been remarkable,” said Dan Sarles, WSDOT regional administrator for the North Central Region. “The snow is unusually heavy and wet, snapping and uprooting trees at a rate we haven’t seen in decades.”
A tree fell onto a vehicle near Rayrock Springs, 15 miles east of Stevens Pass Friday, closing the road for 2-1/2 hours. Saturday, a mile further west, a vehicle hit a tree on the highway, injuring four people in the car. The accident closed closed the highway at 6:25 p.m. It's not clear when the road will re-open.
Mount Baker Highway was closed twice in the last several days due to multiple downed trees. On Friday, a Bothell couple died after their car crashed into a fallen tree on U.S. 2.
A video posted on YouTube show trees collapsing onto power lines and the highway below. About 2,000 people who live in the area are without power and are essentially trapped in their homes.
Skiers can still get to the pass from the west side. Drivers cannot get to the pass from the east side. The pass is not open to through traffic for east or westbound drivers.
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