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

    North Cascades

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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 »

Local Events

KCTS 9 - Produced a special the North Cascades: People Places and Stories it is available online at:


They also produced a Spanish-language version.

NORTH CASCADES: People, Places and Stories original production highlights issues and stories of individuals who protect and promote our national treasure.

Imagine a place that is one of the largest and wildest left in the United States. A diverse landscape that has more glaciers than any other place outside of Alaska; where clear, cold rivers give rise to much of the fresh water that flows into Puget Sound and the Columbia River; and is hometo one of the largest winter migrations of bald eagles and a healthy return of the magnificent gray wolf. This place is right in our backyard; our own national treasure-the North Cascades.

A group of businesses and organizations-including The Wilderness Society, REI, the North Cascades National Park, the Mt. Baker - Snoqualmie National Forest, the Okanogan - Wenatchee National Forest, the North Central Washington Economic Development District, the North Cascades Institute, KCTS 9 and the Cascade Loop Scenic Highway-have come together as a part of the North Cascades Initiative to connect people and communities to the North Cascades and inspire the next generation of stewards.

This film specially produced by KSTS 9 features exclusive stories and Moderated by Enrique Cerna. It is a special local follow-up to Ken Burn's series: The National Parks: America’s Best Idea. Superintendent Chip Jenkins of North Cascades National Park provides a behind-the-scenes look at significance of the park and Saul Weisberg of North Cascades Institute will talk a bit about the education NCI is doing within the park.

North Cascades Institute and North Cascades National Park are grateful to a number of local peer organizations that are helping including The Nature Conservancy, Friends of the (Anacortes) Forest, Skagit Land Trust and the Skagit Watershed Council. These colleagues are working hard to protect and conserve one of our country's greatest treasures.

More information at: Washington's National Park Fund
More information at: National Parks Conservation Association


Park Science on Tap at Chuckanut Brew Pub in Bellingham.

January 27: Snagging Hair and Sniffing Scat : How to Get into a Bear's Genes, Roger Christophersen, wildife biologist North Cascades National Park, Dr. Robert Long & Paula MacKay, Wildlife biologists with the Western Transportation Institute, Montana State University

This talk addresses habitat connectivity for carnivores in the Cascades, and the various (noninvasive) ways we're studying how highways may be affecting connectivity.

February 24: Thirsty Mountain Tops: Decline of Frost-Brewed Glaciers in the North Cascades, Dr. Jon Reidel, Geologist, North Cascades National Park

Did You Know?

North Cascades is now on Flickr!

North Cascades National Park is uploading its digital image library to Flickr! Be inspired, download your favorite images, or even add your own vacation photographs to the group pool: Friends of the North Cascades. More...