Temporary road allows stranded hikers to go home

MARBLEMOUNT, Wash. (AP) — Maintenance crews that quickly built a temporary road have allowed 65 stranded hikers in northern Washington state to go home.

Marblemount Wilderness Information Center Supervisor Rosemary Seifried said Monday evening that crews were able to complete the passage a day after the roadway was washed out, dumping truckloads of gravel into a culvert.

The hikers were able to cross the culvert Monday night, Seifried said.

Now the roadway about 100 miles northeast of Seattle will remain closed until a permanent fix can be constructed.

Many of the hikers had parked at the Cascade Pass Trailhead at Marblemount, which is about a mile and a half from the washed-out section.

Officials used a helicopter to fly in food and water for the hikers early Monday afternoon but Seifried said there were no pressing medical problems.

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