• 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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  • 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 »

  • 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 »

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

    The area closure of the Twisp River Road and the Lake Chelan-Sawtooth Wilderness in the Okanogan-Wenatchee National Forest due to wildfires has been lifted as of August 19, 2014. More »

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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 31, 2014
Campfire Ban in Lake Chelan National Recreation Area at Stehekin
North Cascades National Park Service Complex has announced a campfire ban at all campgrounds in the lower Stehekin Valley.

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 21, 2014
Lone Mountain Fire Update—July 21st a.m.
Today command of the Lone Mountain Fire was transferred from the local team to the Northern Rockies Wildland Fire Management Team (NR WMT). The NR WMT is a highly skilled group of professional firefighters trained to manage large and complex fires. In addition to the NR WMT, one 20 person handcrew from Arizona, two fire use handcrews, smoke jumpers, two helicopters and various other resources are assigned to the fire. The demand for firefighting resources continues to be high due to the large number of very active fires in the Pacific Northwest.

July 19, 2014
Lone Mountain Fire Update—July 19
The Lone Mountain Fire burned actively east up Boulder Creek yesterday and grew to around 1000 acres. This is a very remote area with difficult access but is still moving away from the Stehekin community.

July 18, 2014
North Cascades National Park Considers Clean-up of Firing Ranges in Stehekin and Newhalem
North Cascades National Park will hold public meetings on July 22nd, 2014 in Stehekin and July 24th, 2014 in Newhalem, for review and public comment on clean up of two firearm shooting ranges at Newhalem and Stehekin.

July 18, 2014
North Cascades BioBlitz Kicks Off
Lace up your hiking boots, grab a camera or smartphone, and join North Cascades National Park Service Complex for the second part of 2014 BioBlitz. On July 12 and 13, research scientists, park naturalists, and citizen-scientists kicked-off the four week event in Newhalem and at Cascade Pass. A continuation of that effort is about to begin.

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.

May 15, 2014
Park Rangers Recover Slide Casualty
North Cascades National Park rangers successfully recovered the body of a John Cooper IV, a 46 year old ski-mountaineer from Seattle who was killed yesterday after a snow slide swept him over cliffs, in a fall of over 2000 feet, while the party was attempting a ski tour on the north side of Mount Shuksan.

May 14, 2014
Snow Slide on Mount Shuksan Claims One
At 10:45 this morning, North Cascades National Park dispatch received a report of 2 skiers, both from Seattle, who were ascending the north face of Mount Shuksan for a ski tour when the party was hit by a snow slide. Rangers were able to determine that one man did not survive the fall, which is estimated at over 2000 feet.

May 07, 2014
North Cascades National Park Service Complex Volunteers Needed
North Cascades National Park Service Complex needs your help in maintaining, preserving and interpreting its magnificent landscape. Volunteers in the Park perform many needed and vital tasks including campground hosts, staffing visitor center information desks, providing guided walks and talks, working with scientists in research operations and more in Sedro Woolley, Marblemount, and Stehekin.

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.