• 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 »

  • Closures of USFS roads and trails that access North Cascades NP and Lake Chelan NRA

    The following U.S. Forest Service trails are closed due to the Lone Mountain and Carlton Complex Fires: Twisp Pass Tr., South Creek Tr., Reynolds Creek Tr., War Creek Tr., Summit Tr. The Twisp River Rd. is closed west of Eagle 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?

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.