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Thu., May 26, 2011, 12:34 p.m.

Crews trying to clear mountain passes

OUTDOOR ACCESS -- Highway crews are making headway on clearing snow from mountain passes that give outdoor enthusiasts quick access to the high country.

North Cascades Highway was cleared on Wednesday and another Cascades route, Cayuse Pass, is supposed to be clear today, but many other passes, such as Chinook Pass, are still clogged with snow.

You can follow progress in plowing the passes online, although the work on some popular passes is covered in great detail, such as the video above from this week's work on the Beartooth Highway out of Red Lodge, Mont.

Plowing on the Going to the Sun Road in Glacier National Park also is a popular project to watch because hikers and cyclists have motor-vehicle-free access to the famous road while the plows are working to open the route over Logan Pass.

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Rich Landers
Rich Landers joined The Spokesman-Review in 1977. He is the Outdoors editor for the Sports Department writing and photographing stories about hiking, hunting, fishing, boating, conservation, nature and wildlife and related topics.

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