Cascade River Road opens for season
The Cascade River Road is open to all vehicles to its end at Cascade Pass Trailhead. The road has been closed for the winter at the Eldorado Trailhead, 3.5 miles below the Cascade Pass Trailhead, according to a news release from North Cascades National Park.
Construction took place earlier this year to replace the culverts at mile 12 at Hard Creek Bridge. That work took place to improve and ensure continued future access and to decrease the potential for road failure.
The road provides vehicle access to the popular trails that lead to Cascade Pass, Horseshoe Basin and Sahale Arm, as well as a scenic route for visitors hiking across North Cascade National Park to Stehekin. Boston Basin is a popular climbing area, with access to Forbidden, Sahale and Sharkfin peaks, and is also accessed via the Cascade River Road.
Metro Parks Tacoma
Camp along Sound at Owen Beach
Metro Parks Tacoma will be host family campouts at Owen Beach in Point Defiance Park starting July 8.
Participants will be able to camp at the beach, have an evening snack, take part in a program, kids crafts and games, and finish the overnight stay with a sunrise breakfast.
The campouts are available to people of all ages.
Participants will need to bring a tent, sleeping bag, toiletries, flashlight, camp chairs, and any other camping equipment you may need.
The campouts will be held July 8-9, July 29-30 and Aug. 20-21. Campers can arrive starting at 7 p.m. the first night and will need to clear the area by 8:30 a.m. the next morning.
The cost four a four-person space will be $50, a six-person space will be $75 and an eight-person space will be $100.
To sign up, call Tacoma Nature Center at 253-591-6439.
National Park Service
Hearing-impaired crews work at parks
The National Park Service has teamed with Northwest Youth Corps to provide job training and outdoors education for youth and young adults who are deaf or hard of hearing.
Three crews, two for teens and one for young adults, will work this summer at National Park units in western Washington, learning conservation work skills and restoring natural areas.
The crews will be working at Ebey’s Landing National Historical Reserve, Olympic National Park, North Cascades National Park Service Complex, Lewis and Clark National Historical Park and San Juan Island National Historical Park.
The program is part of the National Park Service’s continued commitment to engage youth in our national parks and serve diverse constituents in that mission, said Chip Jenkins, Pacific West deputy regional director.
Compiled by Jeffrey P. Mayor, firstname.lastname@example.org