• 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 - 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 and War Creek Trails are closed. More »

  • USFS closes Easy Pass Trail from State Route 20

    Due to fire activity near the trail, the US Forest Service has closed the Easy Pass trail and trailhead on State Route 20. This area has been receiving precipitation. The highway remains open.

Accessibility at Rock Shelter Trail

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Follow this path back through time to visit a campsite used 1400 years ago by hunting and gathering Upper Skagit Peoples. This trail is accessible 1 star, with rest areas, interpretive signs, and benches. People using wheelchairs may need assistance. Moss and lichen line the path, earthy scents linger in the air and the rushing waters of Newhalem Creek can be heard in the distance. Round trips are .25 miles (.5 kilometers) from the trailhead or about 1 mile (1.6 kilometer) along the Linking Trail from Newhalem Creek Campground or the Newhalem Powerhouse. Nearest accessible restrooms are located at the North Cascades Visitor Center or in Newhalem Creek Campground.

Rated: Moderate. Trail length: .25 miles, boardwalk is 93 feet. Total elevation change: 125 feet. Inclination: 0-12%. Cross-slope: 0-3% overall. Trail width: 36 inches to 6 feet. Surface: Compacted gravel, boardwalk. Obstacles: None. Note: Half of trail is 5-12% Grade. Boardwalk slippery when wet.

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.