• 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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  • Lone Mountain Fire Burns Above Lake Chelan - Trail Closures

    The Lone Mountain Fire is burning in North Cascades National Park approximately five miles northwest of Stehekin in the Boulder Creek drainage. As a precaution Boulder Creek Trail has been closed entirely. The westbound War Creek Trail is also closed. More »

  • USFS closes Easy Pass Trail from State Route 20

    Due to fire activity near the trail, the US Forest Service has closed the Easy Pass trail and trailhead on State Route 20. This area has been receiving precipitation. The highway remains open.

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?

Did You Know?

North Cascades NPSC has over 300 glaciers, more than any other park in the lower 48 states. More than half the glaciers in the 48 states are concentrated in this mountainous wilderness region called the North Cascades.