• 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 »

Day Hiking

What sort of hike do you want to take today? Fancy a peaceful stroll down to the river, looking for birds and wildlife, or a glimpse of migrating salmon? Or are you in the mood to push your limits, climb to the heights and watch the world unfold below you? Short or long, low elevation or high, there are hundreds of miles of trails awaiting your discovery throughout the season.

Trip Planning

The key to a successful trip is to plan ahead and be prepared. Check out the Wilderness Trip Planner to find out all you need to know about park regulations, backcountry permits, party size limits, hiking with pets, current road and trail conditions, and more.

The trail guide below is organized by area. Or, if you already know the name of the trail you are interested in, check the alphabetical listing of all the trails in the park complex.

North Cascades Scenic Highway (State Route 20)

Trails are listed from west to east along the highway

Thornton Lake
Newhalem area trails (Sterling Munro, Linking Trail, River Loop, “To Know a Tree” Nature Trail, Rock Shelter, “Trail of the Cedars” Nature Walk, Ladder Creek Falls)
Newhalem Creek
Gorge Overlook
Stetattle Creek
Sourdough / Pierce Mountain
Pyramid Lake
Diablo Lake
Thunder Creek
Thunder Knob
Thunder Woods Nature Trail
Fourth of July
Ross Dam
Happy Panther
Happy Creek Boardwalk and Falls
East Bank
Panther Creek
Easy Pass / Fisher Creek
Bridge Creek (Pacific Crest Trail)

There are numerous other trails off State Route 20 to the east of the park, originating in the Okanogan National Forest.

 

Cascade River Road

 

Baker Lake Road

  • Baker River Trail

There are numerous other day hikes accessible from this area, all within the Mount Baker–Snoqualmie National Forest.

 

Mount Baker Highway (Highway 542)

  • Hannegan Pass Trail

There are numerous other day hikes located off this road, many with stunning views into the national park. These trails are located in the Mount Baker–Snoqualmie National Forest.

 

Stehekin

For information on the Stehekin area, including access, Stehekin Valley shuttle bus schedules, and more, please visit the Stehekin page.

Agnes Creek (Pacific Crest Trail)
Agnes Gorge
Buckner Orchard Walk
Bullion Loop
Company Creek
Coon Lake
Devore Creek
Flat Creek
Goode Ridge
Imus Creek Loop
Lakeshore
McGregor Mountain
Old Wagon (Pacific Crest Trail)
Purple Creek / Juanita Lake
Rainbow Creek
Rainbow Loop
Rainbow Mist and Falls
Stehekin River

 

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.