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Washington Pass Spring 2011

Postby Fred Spicker » Fri Apr 01, 2011 1:53 pm

The latest from WDOT:

Spring 2011

PASS STATUS: Closed

Spring opening work begins April 11...

So, it looks like we might have the latest spring opening in 20 years. We took our annual scouting trip up the highway on Thursday, March 17, and found a whole lot of snow. The snow is up to 60 feet deep in the Liberty Bell avalanche zone.


More details and photos can be seen here: http://www.flickr.com/photos/wsdot/sets ... 170712679/
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Re: Washington Pass Spring 2011

Postby billisfree » Fri Apr 01, 2011 8:00 pm

Are Washington Pass and Rainy Pass the same pass?
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Re: Washington Pass Spring 2011

Postby Josh Lewis » Fri Apr 01, 2011 8:08 pm

billisfree wrote:Are Washington Pass and Rainy Pass the same pass?


Pretty much! :lol:

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Re: Washington Pass Spring 2011

Postby jordansahls » Fri Apr 01, 2011 9:07 pm

billisfree wrote:Are Washington Pass and Rainy Pass the same pass?


Not if you have ever biked over them.
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Re: Washington Pass Spring 2011

Postby billisfree » Fri Apr 01, 2011 9:10 pm

I've never driven the North Cascase Highway, so I was a bit confused.

I ought to give that hwy a try this year.

Thanks Josh.
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Re: Washington Pass Spring 2011

Postby ExcitableBoy » Fri Apr 01, 2011 9:20 pm

jordansahls wrote:
billisfree wrote:Are Washington Pass and Rainy Pass the same pass?


Not if you have ever biked over them.

:lol:
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Re: Washington Pass Spring 2011

Postby ExcitableBoy » Fri Apr 01, 2011 9:21 pm

jordansahls wrote:
billisfree wrote:Are Washington Pass and Rainy Pass the same pass?


Not if you have ever biked over them.
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Re: Washington Pass Spring 2011

Postby Josh Lewis » Fri Apr 01, 2011 9:37 pm

jordansahls wrote:
billisfree wrote:Are Washington Pass and Rainy Pass the same pass?


Not if you have ever biked over them.


Remind me of a photo I took:
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This was near Rainy Pass, I plan on biking it one of these days. :)
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Re: Washington Pass Spring 2011

Postby Moni » Sat Apr 02, 2011 1:51 am

Currently there are 60 feet of avalanche debris at Washington Pass. They expect the latest opening since the highway was built. Much more snow expected this weekend. Avalanche danger is extreme.

Washington Pass and Rainy Pass are several miles apart- sort of twin passes that get you over the Cascades.
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Re: Washington Pass Spring 2011

Postby Fred Spicker » Sat May 07, 2011 4:40 pm

Bump - They are making pretty good progress - be sure to check out the latest photos, there are some very impressive shots indicating just how much snow there still is up there...

http://www.wsdot.wa.gov/Traffic/Passes/ ... pdates.htm
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Re: Washington Pass Spring 2011

Postby billisfree » Sun May 08, 2011 2:30 pm

Thanks for update, Fred. That's a LOT of work to get it open. I wonder why they can't wait another month to start.
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Re: Washington Pass Spring 2011

Postby nickmech » Tue May 24, 2011 6:11 am

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Re: Washington Pass Spring 2011

Postby Norman » Tue May 24, 2011 6:22 pm

http://www.wsdot.wa.gov/Traffic/Passes/ ... pdates.htm

Bring out the Cinnamon Rolls...always wanted one of those on opening day... :lol:
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