• 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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  • State Route 20 closed at Mile Post 134, Ross Dam

    After a brief closure at Newhalem due to an avalanche and unstable conditions, SR 20 has re-opened to its normal winter closure point at MP 134, Ross Dam. The highway will remain closed from Ross Dam to MP 171 (Silver Star Creek) until spring re-opening. More »

  • Ross Dam Haul Road Closure Continues

    A short segment of the Ross Dam Haul Road between the Diablo Lake suspension bridge and the tunnel remains closed to public use due to continued recovery following a March 2010 landslide. The closure will remain in effect through 2014. More »

  • Notice of planned work for the Cascade River Road, fall 2014

    Visitors planning to access the park via the Cascade River Road after Labor Day should be advised that the Park Service is planning a fall closure of this road at Eldorado Creek (3 miles before the end of the road) in order to perform permanent repairs. More »

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?

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.