• 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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  • Ross Dam Haul Road Repair (2014)

    A short segment of the Ross Dam Haul Road between the Diablo Lake trail suspension bridge and the tunnel remains closed to public use due to ongoing repair and rehab work on a portion originally damaged during a March 2010 landslide. More »

  • Notice of Planned Work - Cascade River Road (Fall 2014)

    The Cascade River Road will be closed from September 8 until late October 2014 to all public use (including foot, bicycle, and vehicle traffic) at the Eldorado gate (3 miles from road's terminus) in order to perform permanent road and culvert repairs. More »

Accessibility at River Loop Trail

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This trail 1 star, is accessible with moderate grades, rest areas, interpretive signs, and benches. People using wheelchairs may need assistance. Round trips through lush forest along the Skagit River are 1.8 miles (2.88 kilometers) from the Visitor Center or 1 mile (1.6 kilometers) from Newhalem Creek Campground. In early summer the fragrance of twinflower floats gently on warm breezes mingling with joyful bird song. Nearest accessible restrooms are located at the North Cascades Visitor Center or in Newhalem Creek Campground.

Rated: Most difficult. Trail length: 1.8 miles. Total elevation change: 100 feet. Inclination: 0-15%. Cross-slope: 0-3%. Trail width: 36 inches average, 32 inches minimum. Surface: Compacted gravel/firm. Obstacles: 15% grade between Visitor Center and intersection with bottom loop of trail. This section can be avoided by parking at and accessing the trail to right of the restroom between loops A & B of Newhalem Creek Campground.

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.