The moratorium was supposed to remain in place until the Park Service could complete a climbing management plan for this area. However, the National Park Service was unable to complete a new climbing management plan that might allowed new route development, largely because this matter was overshadowed by other priorities.
In September 2007, representatives of the WCC and the Access Fund met with North Cascades National Parks new Superintendent and Chief Ranger to discuss the ongoing new route ban. The parties agreed to a compromise that would allow new climbing routes on cliffs that already experienced climbing traffic prior to 2003, while the balance of the Skagit River Gorge could be reopened following the completion of an ongoing general management planning process for the Ross Lake National Recreation Area. This climbing access success is a result of patience and perseverance on our part and a willingness in the Recreation Area management to employ some flexibility towards balancing recreation and resource protection.