• 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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  • Highway 20 Will Be Closed East of the Park For Culvert Repairs On Oct 21 & 22.

    Highway 20 will be completely closed between mileposts 147 & 157 (Granite Creek to Rainy Pass) from 6 a.m. Oct. 21 to 4 p.m. Oct. 22. The Easy Pass trailhead will be inaccessible during this time. More »

  • Diablo Lake To Be Drawn Down Three Feet in Oct., Trailer-Launched Boats Affected

    Diablo Lake will be drawn down 3 vertical feet for facility repairs from October 8-17. During the drawdown, boats with trailers will not be able to launch or take boats off the water. Hand-launched vessels will still be able to launch. More »

  • Cascade River Road will be open as normal through fall/winter 2014

    Cascade River Rd. will be open in 2014 until snow conditions make it impassable to vehicles, as normal. The road closure that was planned to begin September 8 has been postponed beyond 2014 due to unforeseen circumstances. More »

Cross-country Zones

Climber standing in avalanche path, looking toward route up a distant peak.

A climber surveys the route ahead.

NPS/Alex Brun

Cross-country travel in the North Cascades is a rewarding and revealing experience for those who are prepared to undertake its rigors. Routefinding is an essential skill, and travel requires greater care in order to protect the wild country you are passing through.

To protect this wild experience, please follow the following regulations: Cross-country zones begin a mile from designated camps and a half mile from trails—out of site as well. When traveling cross-country, camping is allowed only on durable surfaces such as snow, rock, or bare ground. Camping in meadows or within 100 feet of water sources is not allowed. Fires are not allowed. Human waste must be buried in a cathole or (when above treeline in snow or on glaciers) carried out in a blue bag.

If you are planning a climb, you can also visit the mountaineering page.

 

KEY to Cross Country Zones

Zone name – Corresponds to cross country zones as shown on the Wilderness Trip Planner Map (18x22 PDF 1,802 KB). This document is available by calling the Wilderness Information Center, or the Sedro-Woolley Information Center, or email us to request a copy.

Maximum party size – Maximum number of people that are allowed in each party. Most zones allow only 6 people per party; however, some of the most easily accessibly zones allow 12. Stock parties take note: Where stock are allowed, the maximum party size includes number of people and stock combined—no more than 6 total pairs of eyes.

Maximum number of parties – Maximum number of permits issued for each zone for each night. Each party requires one permit.

Comments – Additional information about a specific cross country zone

 

Zone Name

Maximum party size

Maximum number of parties

Comments

Arriva

6

6


Bacon Peak

6

3


Battalion

6

2


Bear Mountain

6

6


Benzarino

6

3


Berdeen

6

3


Blum

6

2


Boston Basin

12

6

Very popular zone; composting toilets at upper and lower elevations

Boston Glacier

6

6


Bouck

6

6


Buckner

6

6


Castle Rock

6

2


Colonial

6

6


Challenger

6

6


Copper Mountain

6

2


Crescent Creek

6

6


Davis Peak

6

3


Dee Dee Lakes

6

1

Stock parties allowed

Depot

6

6


Despair

6

3


Easy Ridge

6

4


Eldorado

12

6

Popular zone; Composting toilet installed in 2009 on rock island at base of east ridge--human waste left on snow is a problem, use blue bags and carry them out if not camping near this toilet

Elephant Butte

6

6


Elija Ridge

6

2


Forbidden

12

6


Goode

6

6


Hidden Lake

12

3


Hock

6

2


Hozomeen

6

3


Icy

12

6


Inspiration

12

6


Johnannesburg

6

6


Kettling

6

2


Klawatti

6

6


Little Chilliwack

6

6


Little Jack

6

1


Logan

6

6


Luna

6

6


Marble Creek

6

3


McGregor

6

6


Middle Lakes

6

3


Nooksack

12

6


Perfect Pass

6

1


Pioneer Ridge

6

2


Price

12

6


Prophet

6

3


Purple

6

3

Stock parties allowed

Ragged Ridge

6

3


Rainbow Ridge

6

2

Stock parties allowed

Rennie

6

3

Stock parties allowed

Ruby

6

3


Snowfield

6

6


Sourdough

6

6


Spickard

6

3


Starvation Ridge

6

3


Stiletto

6

3


Stout Lakes

6

3


Sulphide Glacier

12

6

Very popular zone; composting toilets at upper and lower elevations

Tapto Lakes

6

3

Popular zone

Teebone

6

3


Terror Basin

6

6


Tolo

6

2


Torment Basin

12

6


Triad

12

6


Triplet Lakes

6

6

Stock parties allowed

Triumph

6

2

Popular zone

Did You Know?

Junior Ranger Totem: Raven

Anyone can become a North Cascades Junior Ranger! Pick up one of the four FREE activity booklets at any of the visitor or information centers. Complete the activities and earn your official junior ranger badge! Download the booklet here. More...