• 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 »

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September 03, 2014
North Cascades National Park Hosts Fall 2014 Artists-in-Residence
September 2, 2014 – Sedro Wooley, WA - Two new Artists in Residence in the fields of music and writing will join the park mid-September through early October to produce work inspired by Wilderness of the North Cascades.

August 22, 2014
Schedule for Fall Campsite Closures
As summer comes to an end, North Cascades National Park Service Complex begins to close campsites for the winter season. Beginning the day after Labor Day and continuing through the month of September, selected sites will be closed until next spring.

August 20, 2014
Cascade River Road Closed September 8, 2014 to Vehicle and Foot Traffic
The last three miles of the Cascade River Road will be closed to all vehicle and foot traffic September 8 through late October, 2014. The road closure will begin at the Eldorado parking area near milepost 20 and will affect hikers and climbers approaching the area from either the east or west side. Access for those wishing to climb Eldorado Peak and other peaks accessed via Eldorado Creek will not be affected.

July 23, 2014
Report Shows North Cascades National Park Service Complex Contributes $37.9 Million to Local Economies
A National Park Service report shows that 784,854 visitors to North Cascades National Park Service Complex in 2012 spent approximately 37.9 million in communities near the Complex. That spending supported 370 jobs in the local area.

July 18, 2014
Lone Mountain Fire Update—July 18—Morning
The Lone Mountain Fire grew to about 650 acres yesterday, still moving upward and away from the Stehekin community. The fire is now on both sides of Butte Creek, a tributary of Boulder Creek where the main fire started.

July 17, 2014
Lone Mountain Fire Update: Trail Closure
The Boulder Creek Trail between the Stehekin Valley and McAlester Pass in the North Cascades National Park is now closed for safety because of the Lone Mountain Fire.

July 17, 2014
Lone Mountain Fire Update—July 17—Morning
The Lone Mountain Fire, about five miles northwest of Stehekin, Washington in high rugged mountains of the Boulder Creek drainage, has grown to 200 acres. That includes a spot fire of about 40 acres that started across Butte Creek from the main fire.

July 16, 2014
Lone Mountain Fire Burns Above Lake Chelan
The Lone Mountain Fire is burning in the North Cascades National Park approximately five miles northwest of Stehekin, Washington in the Boulder Creek drainage.

May 30, 2014
Cascade River Road News Release
Hikers and climbers who are planning to access Boston Basin or the Cascade Pass area in North Cascades National Park Service Complex this fall need to be aware that the last three miles of Cascades River Road will be closed to both vehicle and foot traffic of any kind from September 8 until late October 2014.

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.