The Mount Baker Ranger District’s Forest Service Road 17 in Skagit County, called the Finney-Cumberland Road, was damaged Wednesday, Nov. 23 by a landslide/debris torrent just east of its junction with the South Skagit Highway. It is not known at this time if the district has been able to make the road passable through the slide debris, which covered the road for several hundred feet.
Skagit County’s South Skagit Highway also was blocked at milepost 12 by slide debris and may have been damaged. At last report it, too, was closed
The slide originated on privately owned timberland above the road.
The 30-mile long loop route traversing mainly national forest land in the Finney Block south of the Skagit River is a popular winter snowmobile route.
The slide buried the forest road about a quarter mile up from FSR 17′s west access east of the community of Day Creek.
The east access to FSR 17 and it’s snowmobile route is off Concrete-Sauk Valley Road southeast of the town of Concrete.
A third access to the Finney-Cumberland system is via Forest Service Road 18, the Segelson Pass Road, out of Swede Heaven in the North Fork Stillagaumish River Valley.
State sno-park permits are required to park transport vehicles at snowmobile route takeoffs.