Saturday, June 11, 2011

Icicle Road Closed - Again

Icicle Road suffered a large mudslide yesterday in the vicinity of 4th of July Trailhead. The USFS has the road closed just past Bridge Creek Campground, but will presumably open the area up to the slide in coming days as the hillside stabilizes. Scott Mitchell and his wife Susan almost got caught in the slide, and escaped only by speeding away in reverse in their truck! Roughly 30 people are stranded in the upper reaches of the canyon, and the Forest Service has arranged for a helicopter to medivac people in case of an emergency.

Needless to say, this is another big blow to the Icicle's bouldering, as it closes the Machine Gun, the Sword, Egg Rock, and several smaller areas. This is the second large slide to close Icicle Road this spring, and yet another delay for the opening of the canyon's magical upper reaches. I'll post updates here on the road's status over the next few days. Let's all hope for another quick repair job!

You can find the news release from the Forest Service here. Also, here are a few pics of the slide from Cascade Climbers.

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