• View from Sourdough Mountain Overlook  A view looking down onto Diablo Lake. Photo Credit: NPS/Michael Silverman, 2010.

    North Cascades

    National Park Washington

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  • Cascade River Road will be open as normal through fall/winter 2014

    Cascade River Rd. will be open in 2014 until snow conditions make it impassable to vehicles, as normal. The road closure that was planned to begin September 8 has been postponed beyond 2014 due to unforeseen circumstances. More »

  • Lone Mountain Fire - National Park Service Trail Closures

    The Lone Mountain Fire in North Cascades National Park is approximately 5 mi NW of Stehekin in the Boulder Creek drainage. Boulder Creek Trail is closed. More »

  • Re-opening of Adjacent U.S. Forest Service Road and Trails that Access North Cascades NP Complex

    The area closure of the Twisp River Road and the Lake Chelan-Sawtooth Wilderness in the Okanogan-Wenatchee National Forest due to wildfires has been lifted as of August 19, 2014. More »

Communicating Climate Change

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Climate change is expected to dramatically affect the North Cascades and the whole Northwest: vanishing glaciers, earlier snowmelt, more frequent forest fires, changes in the distributions of plants and animals, and more. Read updates from park scientists, student interns, rangers, and citizen scientists on ongoing projects investigating the effects of climate change in the park and beyond.

Could it be? A Chryxus Arctic?!

July 30, 2013 Posted by: The Leaping Lepidopterists (Tanner Humphries and James Heintz)

On July 17, 2013 the Cascades Butterfly Crew experienced quite a thrill when we caught the first Chryxus Arctic (Oeneis chryxus) to be identified on Easy Pass in the North Cascades.

 

Wolverines and Climate Change

September 30, 2012 Posted by: Karlie Roland

The wolverine (Gulo gulo), a rare and elusive, thick-furred predator renowned for its strength was recently documented west of the Cascade Crest in Mount Baker-Snoqualmie National Forest.

 

Pika Project

September 20, 2012 Posted by: Karlie Roland

Pikas have been called a sentinel species with regards to the influence of global warming on ecosystems in the western United States.

 

Kick Off for the Cascades Butterfly Project

July 30, 2012 Posted by: Karlie Roland

On Sunday, July 15, nearly 40 volunteers gathered in Sedro-Woolley for the North Cascades National Park (NOCA) and Mount Rainer National Park (MORA) Cascades Butterfly Project.

 

Green Team Cascade Climate Connection Cafe

July 20, 2012 Posted by: Karlie Roland and Sally Hoffman (Photos: Karlie Roland)

The North Cascades National Park held a Cascade Climate Connection Cafe meeting Wednesday morning addressing challenges the park faces resulting from Climate Change. The cafe participants discussed the opportunities to minimize the carbon footprint of visitors and staff.

 

Did You Know?

lupine is a common flower in dry sunny areas

In addition to Wilderness, Recreation Areas and National Park designations there are also five Research Natural Areas in the complex: Silver Lake, Pyramid Lake, Boston Glacier, Stetattle Creek and Big Beaver Valley.