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North Cascades National Park

Among the colossal snow-dusted mountains and conifer forests you will find excellent walking trails and unbeatable views. 

Gaze across pristine subalpine lakes and fish for cod or trout at North Cascades National Park. Wander through meadows of colorful wildflowers and thick forests and marvel at 300 glaciers sparkling in the sun. 

Known as the American Alps, this park offers dramatic contrasting terrains ideal for outdoor adventure. Traverse more than 400 miles (640 kilometers) of networked trails and several rows of towering peaks. The potential for exploration is endless. 

Visit Diablo Lake in the park’s southern region. The Environmental Learning Center offers guided lake tours. Enjoy breathtaking views from the 389-foot (118-meter) dam across the water and up the surrounding mountains. Ross Lake nearby is even larger, stretching for 32 miles (51 kilometers) and crossing the Canadian border. Walk along the west bank trail through maple and conifer forests or fish for cod, trout and inland salmon.

Some of the best walking routes are easily accessible from the state road. Take a rugged hike on the Thornton Lake Trail to a large pool. Navigate through lush woodland as well as fields of Indian paintbrushes, bluebells and monkey flowers. Look up to clear skies as you hear the cries of bald eagles and turkey vultures. For a serious hike, follow the rocky 5-mile (8-kilometer) Sourdough Mountain Trail. This is one of the best vantage points in the park, with sweeping views toward Ross Lake and Jack Mountain beyond. 

Farther south along Cascade River Road, uncover more dramatic scenery and secluded trails. Cascade Pass is a short but challenging walk providing the easiest access in the park to alpine conditions. Eldorado, Magic and McGregor mountains provide views of inspiring peaks as the icy surface of Sahale Glacier shimmers in the distance.

North Cascades National Park is located in the northwest corner of Washington State. Drive to the park in 2 hours from Seattle and 3 hours from Vancouver. Entry is permitted year-round and there is no admission fee. 

From the West Coast to the East Coast, U.S. national parks offer affordable adventure for all types of travelers. Enjoy your trip to North Cascades National Park in Washington.

Popular Activities at North Cascades National Park

Would you like to make your stop at North Cascades National Park even more unique? Remember to try one or two of these things to do:

Taken you forever to visit this famed attraction? Then you can't head home without trying out a See Wild Animals in Natural Habitat - NW Trek Tour.

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North Cascades Comfort in the Woods
North Cascades Comfort in the Woods

North Cascades Comfort in the Woods

Marblemount, Washington
     
    0.0 out of 5.0 Stars

    Situated in a rural location, this romantic cabin is steps from Cascade Range and Mt. Baker-Snoqualmie National Forest. North Cascades National Park and Howard Miller Steelhead Park are also within 12 mi (20 km).

    North Cascades Skagit River Retreat
    North Cascades Skagit River Retreat

    North Cascades Skagit River Retreat

    Marblemount, Washington
       
      0.0 out of 5.0 Stars

      Situated in Marblemount, this romantic chalet is steps from Cascade Range and Mt. Baker-Snoqualmie National Forest. North Cascades National Park and Howard Miller Steelhead Park are also within 12 mi (20 km).

      Cascade Mountain Getaway
      Cascade Mountain Getaway

      Cascade Mountain Getaway

      Rockport, Washington
         
        0.0 out of 5.0 Stars

        Situated in a rural location, this romantic campground is within a 5-minute walk of Cascade Range and Howard Miller Steelhead Park. Rockport State Park is 1.2 mi (2 km) away.

        Mt. Baker Hotel $70
        Mt. Baker Hotel

        Mt. Baker Hotel

        45951 Main St, Concrete, WA
           
          2.5 out of 5.0 Stars

          Situated in Concrete, this hotel is 1.2 mi (1.9 km) from Lake Shannon and 2.2 mi (3.5 km) from Lake Shannon Recreational Area. Rockport State Park and Howard Miller Steelhead Park are also within 9 mi (15 km).

          Mount Baker Rim 70 by RedAwning
          Mount Baker Rim 70 by RedAwning

          Mount Baker Rim 70 by RedAwning

          19022 Glacier Rim Dr, Glacier, WA
             
            3.0 out of 5.0 Stars

            Situated in Glacier, this vacation home is steps from Cascade Range and Mt. Baker-Snoqualmie National Forest. Mount Baker is 1.9 mi (3.1 km) away.

            Mt. Baker Lodging Cabin #32 Woodstove, Bbq, Washer/dryer, Pets OK, Sleeps-7!
            Mt. Baker Lodging Cabin #32 Woodstove, Bbq, Washer/dryer, Pets OK, Sleeps-7!

            Mt. Baker Lodging Cabin #32 Woodstove, Bbq, Washer/dryer, Pets OK, Sleeps-7!

            Glacier, Washington
               
              0.0 out of 5.0 Stars

              Situated in Glacier, this vacation home is steps from Cascade Range and Mt. Baker-Snoqualmie National Forest. Mount Baker is 1.8 mi (2.9 km) away.

              Mt. Baker Rim Cabin #8
              Mt. Baker Rim Cabin #8

              Mt. Baker Rim Cabin #8

              13019 Crystal Lane, Glacier, WA
                 
                3.0 out of 5.0 Stars

                Situated in Glacier, this cabin is steps from Cascade Range and Mt. Baker-Snoqualmie National Forest. Mount Baker is 1.8 mi (3 km) away.

                Mount Baker Rim #63 by RedAwning
                Mount Baker Rim #63 by RedAwning

                Mount Baker Rim #63 by RedAwning

                18010 Glacier Rim, Glacier, WA
                   
                  3.0 out of 5.0 Stars

                  Situated in Glacier, this vacation home is steps from Cascade Range and Mt. Baker-Snoqualmie National Forest. Mount Baker is 1.9 mi (3.1 km) away.