The U.S. Forest Service has announced it will close Mountain Loop Highway 7 a.m. Monday through noon Friday beginning Monday. The closure will last until the end of April. The road will be open on weekends.
Workers will close various locations from mile post 42, south of White Chuck Bench Overlook, to mile post 35, south of Bedal Creek Bridgem, said a Mount Baker-Snoqualmie National Forest news release.
Closures next week on the north side of Mountain Loop Highway will block access from Darrington to forest road 49 and Sloan Creek Trailhead, which leads to Glacier Peak Wilderness. Hikers will need to come from Granite Falls to reach that trailhead.
The forest is making road upgrades, including replacing older, deteriorating culverts and increasing the size of other culverts to better accommodate the passage of fish and flood waters.
Call Darrington Ranger District for updates weekdays at 360-436-1155, or Verlot Public Service Center weekends at 360-691-7791. You also can click here for updated information about trails and roads, go to alerts and conditions.