• 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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  • 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 »

  • Closures of USFS roads and trails that access North Cascades NP and Lake Chelan NRA

    The following U.S. Forest Service trails are closed due to the Lone Mountain and Carlton Complex Fires: Twisp Pass Tr., South Creek Tr., Reynolds Creek Tr., War Creek Tr., Summit Tr. The Twisp River Rd. is closed west of Eagle 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?

Grizzly bear track in North Cascades National Park (1989). Photo Credit: NPS/NOCA/Roger Christophersen

Grizzly bear tracks can be a reliable indicator of species? Grizzly bear and black bear forepaw tracks are distinct from one another and often times better than a photo of the bear to confirm an observation. So don't just look up, look down.