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

    North Cascades

    National Park Washington

There are park alerts in effect.
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  • Notice of Planned Work and Road Closure- Cascade River Road (Beginning Sept. 8, 2014)

    The Cascade River Road will be closed from September 8 until late October 2014 to all public use (including foot, bicycle, and vehicle traffic) at the Eldorado gate (3 miles from road's terminus) in order to perform permanent road and culvert repairs. 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 »

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

    The Twisp River Road is closed west of Eagle Creek. The following USFS trails are closed due to the Lone Mountain 1, Little Bridge, and Carlton Complex Fires: War Creek, South Creek, Twisp Pass, Reynolds Creek. More »

Preserving Natural Sounds

Young visitors join a birdwatching expert on a morning walk. Image Source: NPS/NOCA/David Snyder

Morning birdwatching walk. Not just eyes but, when quiet, ears can be used to find and identify birds.

NPS/NOCA/David Snyder

Tune in - Help us safeguard the sounds of life
There is a whole new world of sound waiting to be revealed. Here are some tips to help you become attentive listeners in national parks.

  • Take a moment to close your eyes and listen to the sounds around you. You may be surprised by what you hear.
  • Speak quietly and turn off vehicle engines whenever possible.
  • Look for mute options on electronic equipment such as cell phones, watches, or cameras.
  • Follow park rules on motorized recreation, and be courteous and respectful on your motorcycle or boat.
  • Turn off car alarms. Disable sound on electronic door locks.
  • Use alternative transportation such as shuttles when available.
  • Be aware of campground quiet hours.
  • Be respectful of others. The sounds you make will affect the experience of other visitors. Encourage friends and family to do the same.

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.