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The hairpin curve - North Cascades Highway

Photo courtesy of Cliff & Joy Schwab.


We're overlooking what is typically referred to as the hairpin curve along the North Cascades Highway. This photo was taken on Friday, April 8, before we started clearing the snow off the highway.


The hairpin curve runs through several major avalanche zones - as can be seen here


From this perspective, it sure makes the avalanches across the highway appear small. The reality is, though, that the slides are up to 60 feet deep over the highway in the Liberty Bell avalanche zone.

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Taken on April 7, 2011