• 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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  • Highway 20 Will Be Closed East of the Park For Culvert Repairs On Oct 21 & 22.

    Highway 20 will be completely closed between mileposts 147 & 157 (Granite Creek to Rainy Pass) from 6 a.m. Oct. 21 to 4 p.m. Oct. 22. The Easy Pass trailhead will be inaccessible during this time. More »

  • Diablo Lake To Be Drawn Down Three Feet in Oct., Trailer-Launched Boats Affected

    Diablo Lake will be drawn down 3 vertical feet for facility repairs from October 8-17. During the drawdown, boats with trailers will not be able to launch or take boats off the water. Hand-launched vessels will still be able to launch. More »

  • 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 »

Glaciers Selected for Monitoring

Glaciers were selected based on their geography, aspect, elevation range, shape, safety of access, and past monitoring efforts. After careful consideration of all 312 glaciers in the park, four were chosen: Noisy Glacier on Bacon Peak, Silver Glacier on Mount Spickard, North Klawatti Glacier on Primus Peak, and Sandalee Glacier on McGregor Mountain.

1) Noisy Creek Glacier is a cirque glacier located northwest of Bacon Peak, Bacon Peak quadrangle. Post et al. (1971) glacier number 2219-1. Characteristics of the glacier from a 1993 inventory include: area 0.58 km2, direct snowfall and minor snow drift accumulation, not appreciably crevassed, ends on moderate to gentle slopes, slight retreat in 1973, elevation range 1680m-1920m. Drainage basin: Baker Lake Watershed.
 
Noisy Glacier
Figure 1.  Recent spring (left) and fall (right) photos of Noisy Glacier, looking south.
 
2) Silver Glacier is a cirque glacier located on the north side of Mt. Spickard, Mt. Spickard quadrangle. Post et al. (1971) glacier number 2236-6. Characteristics of the glacier from a 1993 inventory include: area 0.49 km2, accumulation sources direct snowfall and minor snowdrift, moderately crevassed, 1973 calved into Silver Lake and slight retreat, elevation range 2090m-2710m. Drainage basin: Ross Lake Watershed.
 
Silver Glacier
Figure 2.  Recent spring (left) and fall (right) photos of Silver Glacier, looking south.
 
3) North Klawatti Glacier is a valley glacier located south of Primus Peak, Forbidden Peak quadrangle. Post et al. (1971) glacier number 2253-10. Characteristics of the glacier from a 1993 inventory include: area 1.48 km2, accumulation sources direct snowfall and minor snow drift, moderately crevassed, ends on moderate to gentle slopes, 1973 slight retreat, elevation range 1740m-2400m. The glacier has recently been studied by the USGS (Tangborn, Fountain and Sikonia, 1990; Meier, 1966). Topographic maps and data gathered during these investigations will be useful to this study. Drainage basin: Thunder Creek Watershed.
 
North Klawatti Glacier
Figure 3.  Recent spring (left) and fall (right) photos of the North Klawatti Glacier, looking west.
 
4) Sandalee Glacier is a cirque glacier located on the north face of McGregor Mountain (to the east of the Pacific Crest), McGregor Mountain quadrangle. Post et al. (1971) glacier number 2448-10. Characteristics of the glacier from a 1994 inventory include area 0.20 km2, elevation range 1975m-2350m, has gentle and steep slopes, is somewhat crevassed, and lies within a climate zone that is more continentally influenced than the other three glaciers monitered. Drainage basin: Stehekin River Watershed.
 
Sandalee Glacier
Figure 4.  Recent spring (left) and fall (right) photos of Sandalee Glacier, looking south.

Did You Know?

Cascading stream

The North Cascades are well known for the abundant waterfalls that lace the mountains. Two of the best known waterfalls are Gorge Falls between Newhalem and Diablo along State Route 20 and Rainbow Falls in the Stehekin Valley.