• 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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  • Diablo Lake To Be Drawn Down Three Feet on Sept. 17 and Early Oct., Trailer-Launched Boats Affected

    On September 17 and October 1-15 Diablo Lake will be drawn down 3 vertical feet for facility repairs. 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 »

  • 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 »

Accessibility at Happy Creek Forest Walk

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Douglas Fir cone

Please note that this trail is closed during reconstruction in 2009. A .3 mile (.5 kilometer) loop, fully accessible boardwalk travels through an ancient creekside forest. Accessible parking2 stars and toilet2 stars are available. The trail weaves through tall trees and along bubbling Happy Creek. Read the interpretive signs, or just sit on a bench for a while and take in the sights, sounds and smells of this living place. Use caution if boardwalk is frosty or wet. Parking is limited, especially for large vehicles.

Rated: Moderate.
Trail length: .3 mile.
Total elevation change: 150 feet.
Inclination: 0-8.3%.
Cross-slope: 0-3% overall.
Trail width: 6 feet.
Surface: Boardwalk.

Note: Half of trail is 0-5% grade, the other half is 5-8% grade. There is access to a longer steep rustic trail to Happy Creek Falls from this boardwalk. Keep in mind that the distance to the falls is 1.8 miles from here making it a 2-3 hour round trip for most people.

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.