• 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 »

  • Adjacent U.S. Forest Service Trail Closures

    The following USFS trail providing backcountry access to North Cascades National Park Service Complex are closed due to Lone Mountain and Carlton Complex Fires: War Creek Trail. More »

In the Press

Kelly Bush Receives National Wilderness Award - InsideNPS, July 16, 2014
The Director’s Wes Henry National Excellence in Wilderness Stewardship Award recognizes outstanding contributions to wilderness preservation and stewardship across the National Park Service. During last week’s NPS Wilderness Leadership Council meeting, Garry Oye, chief of the Wilderness Stewardship Division, presented the 2013 individual award to Kelly Bush, district ranger for the Wilderness District at North Cascades National Park.
 

A milepost guide to the North Cascades Highway by Mike McQuaide, The Seattle Times, June 30, 2010

There's an old saw that says the journey is half the fun. Which, if you're making the schlep from Seattle to Portland on the Wednesday night before Thanksgiving, can be a bit hard to swallow.

Conversely, nowhere does the saying seem more true than on the cross-Cascades journey to the Methow Valley, particularly the 95-mile stretch of Highway 20 — the North Cascades Highway — from Rockport to Winthrop.

 
Stehekin becoming more accessible by K.C. Mehaffey, The Wenatchee World, April 3, 2010
The North Central Washington town best known for being accessible only by boat, plane or foot-trail is working on different kind of accessibility.

Several projects completed or now under way in Stehekin will accommodate people in wheelchairs. New tour buses, restrooms, a nature trail and a boat dock will all comply with standards in the Americans with Disabilities Act.

 
Going Solar by Ralph Schartz, Courier-Times, March 23, 2010
The Park and Forest Information Center sits on prime real estate, near the intersection of Highway 20 and Highway 9. It also happens to be a prime location for solar power.
 

Of Time and Wildness in the North Cascades by Tim Steury, Washington State Magazine, Spring 2010
Bob Mierendorf has spent the last couple of decades trying to convince the archaeological establishment that pre-contact Northwest Indians did not confine themselves to the lowlands, but frequented the high country. Now he has an ancient camping site to make his point.

Did You Know?

Long horned beetle

There are more insects in the Park than any other group of animals; in fact, 95% of all animal species on earth are insects. Take your time to explore the breathtaking world of butterflies, beetles, and bugs. More...