• 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 »

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?

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.