• 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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  • 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 »

  • USFS Access Road and Trail Closures

    The following USFS trails providing backcountry access to the park service complex are closed due to Lone Mountain and Carlton Complex Fires: Twisp Pass, South Creek, Reynolds Creek, War Creek, Summit. The Twisp River Road is closed west of Eagle Creek. 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.

 

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?

Grizzly bear track in North Cascades National Park (1989). Photo Credit: NPS/NOCA/Roger Christophersen

Grizzly bear tracks can be a reliable indicator of species? Grizzly bear and black bear forepaw tracks are distinct from one another and often times better than a photo of the bear to confirm an observation. So don't just look up, look down.