• 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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  • Notice of Planned Work and Road Closure- Cascade River Road (Beginning Sept. 8, 2014)

    The Cascade River Road will be closed from September 8 until late October 2014 to all public use (including foot, bicycle, and vehicle traffic) at the Eldorado gate (3 miles from road's terminus) in order to perform permanent road and culvert repairs. More »

  • 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 »

  • Closure of Adjacent U.S. Forest Service Road and Trails that Access North Cascades NP Complex

    The Twisp River Road is closed west of Eagle Creek. The following USFS trails are closed due to the Lone Mountain 1, Little Bridge, and Carlton Complex Fires: War Creek, South Creek, Twisp Pass, Reynolds Creek. More »

Guided Tours

A ranger leads a birding walk

A ranger shows a young visitor birds on an early morning birding walk.

NPS / David Snyder

Ranger-led programs and naturalist tours by National Park Rangers are regularly scheduled during the summer and by special request at other times of the year. For more information, talk with a ranger at any of the visitor and information centers, campgrounds, or at the Diablo Lake Overlook during the summer or visit the park's Schedule of Events.

The North Cascades Institute offers a variety of educational programs for people of all ages to explore the natural and cultural history of the ecosystem, including classes on geology, corvids and Cascadian carnivores, family getaways, Skagit Tours, Base Camp and their Sourdough Speaker Series. Many of their programs are hosted at the North Cascades Environmental Learning Center on Diablo Lake, a Silver LEED-certified campus operated in partnership with the Institute, North Cascades National Park and Seattle City Light. Self guided tours of the Learning Center campus are available by checking in at the main office.

North Cascades Institute also operates five bookstores in and around the park in Sedro-Woolley, Marblemount, Newhalem, Diablo Lake and Stehekin. At all of these locations, you’ll find maps, trailhead passes, trail and field guides and outdoor gear.


Lady of the Lake
cruises up Lake Chelan to the remote area of Stehekin.

Many private companies offer activities and tours by permit in the North Cascades--including rafting, climbing, hiking and backpacking, and horse or llama packing trips. A list of current concession operators can be found here.

 

Did You Know?

Cascading stream

The North Cascades are well known for the abundant waterfalls that lace the mountains. Two of the best known waterfalls are Gorge Falls between Newhalem and Diablo along State Route 20 and Rainbow Falls in the Stehekin Valley.