• 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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  • State Route 20 closed at Mile Post 134, Ross Dam

    After a brief closure at Newhalem due to an avalanche and unstable conditions, SR 20 has re-opened to its normal winter closure point at MP 134, Ross Dam. The highway will remain closed from Ross Dam to MP 171 (Silver Star Creek) until spring re-opening. More »

  • Ross Dam Haul Road Closure Continues

    A short segment of the Ross Dam Haul Road between the Diablo Lake suspension bridge and the tunnel remains closed to public use due to continued recovery following a March 2010 landslide. The closure will remain in effect through 2014. More »

  • Notice of planned work for the Cascade River Road, fall 2014

    Visitors planning to access the park via the Cascade River Road after Labor Day should be advised that the Park Service is planning a fall closure of this road at Eldorado Creek (3 miles before the end of the road) in order to perform permanent repairs. More »


Inspired by the stories told in the documentary The National Parks: America's Best Idea, North Cascades is using this opportunity to reflect upon itself as a national park.

What makes this place so unique? What are visitors surprised to learn about the North Cascades? What is it like to live and work in these mountains everyday? How do we welcome visitors to the North Cascades? What can we and the public do to protect this park for future generations?

Over the next several weeks, North Cascades staff will share their stories and experiences in the hopes of inspiring others to visit this park. From the first year intern to those that have been here since the park's creation in 1968, it is easy to hear the emotional connections that park staff have with these mountains.

Despite, or perhaps because of, such rugged wilderness, many passionate people call the North Cascades their home. Browse through these staff audio clips or subscribe to the podcast (coming soon). Click the link to open the audio file in a new window. Download time varies.


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Michael Brondi

Rick Allen for the NPS

Episode 1: Michael Brondi and Rosemary Seifried (5:54)
Maintenance worker Michael Brondi shares his thoughts about protecting national parks and why he gets so much joy out of working with youth. Rosemary Seifried, a park ranger, recalls how she first arrived at North Cascades and the thrill of discovery from being outside in nature. Transcript
Paula Ogden-Muse

David Snyder for the NPS

Episode 2: Paula Ogden-Muse (4:43)
Paula Ogden-Muse, education specialist, shares the many times that she feels emotionally connected to North Cascades National Park. And in a plea to park visitors, she suggests that the most important way to protect our national parks is one of the easiest things that we can do. Transcript
Bob Mierendorf

Rick Allen for the NPS

Episode 3: Bob Mierendorf (4:47)
Bob Mierendorf, Park Archeologist, explains the significance of North Cascades cultural research, rewriting our understanding of how native peoples in the Pacific Northwest interacted with the mountain landscape. He also offers some surprising revelations about one of our most popular trails in the park: Cascade Pass. Transcript
Laura and AJ

Rick Allen for the NPS

Episode 4: Laura Chick Drum and A.J. Fedoruk (7:21)
Visiting Hozomeen, where the park meets the Canadian border, isn't always easy; you can take a boat trip, go hiking, or drive down a gravel road through Canada. But it's well worth the effort. We meet two interpreters-one American, one Canadian-who have a unique working partnership found nowhere else. Transcript
Roy Zipp, Environmental Protection Specialist

David Snyder, Fall 2005 Artist-in-Residence

Episode 5: Roy Zipp (3:56)
Roy currently works as the environmental protection specialist for North Cascades. In this episode, he discusses the importance of the 1964 Wilderness Act and shares what one might find when entering a federally designated Wilderness Area. Transcript

Did You Know?

Junior Ranger Totem: Raven

Anyone can become a North Cascades Junior Ranger! Pick up one of the four FREE activity booklets at any of the visitor or information centers. Complete the activities and earn your official junior ranger badge! Download the booklet here. More...