• 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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  • Notice of Planned Work and Road Closure- Cascade River Road (Beginning Sept. 8, 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 »

  • 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 »

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

    The Twisp River Road is closed west of Eagle Creek. The following USFS trails are closed due to the Lone Mountain 1, Little Bridge, and Carlton Complex Fires: War Creek, South Creek, Twisp Pass, Reynolds Creek. 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?

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.