• 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 »

Newhalem Area Trails

We shall not cease from exploration
And the end of all our exploring
Will be to arrive where we started
And know the place for the first time.
–T.S. Elliot

 
Distance - one way Elevation gain Use Difficulty

Varies by trail

Varies by trail

Hiking only

Easy

 
Trail through old growth forest.

One of many inviting trails in the Newhalem area.

Linda Seifried

Many hours can be spent exploring trails in the vicinity of Newhalem. From valley paths to accessible boardwalks, there is variety and reward for everyone. Enjoy!

Sterling Munro Trail

This universally accessible 330 foot (100 m) boardwalk trail offers excellent views of the Picket Range up the Goodell Creek drainage. Begins just outside the northwest corner of the North Cascades Visitor Center.

River Loop Trail

The 1.8 mile (2.9 km) loop starts from the northeast corner of the North Cascades Visitor Center, leading through a variety of forest growth to a peaceful gravel bar with sweeping river views. This trail gives access to loops A & B in Newhalem Creek Campground, the amphitheater and "To Know a Tree" trail.

"To Know a Tree" Nature Trail

Accessible from points near the Newhalem Creek Campground entrance station and amphitheater. Mostly level, 0.5 miles (0.8 km), with packed gravel surface. Skirts the campground, follows the river, wanders among large trees, and lush understory growth. Find plaques interpreting common trees and plants along the way.

Rock Shelter Trail

Starts 0.3 miles (0.5 km) east along the service road past Newhalem Creek Campground loops C & D, 40 yards (35 m) beyond the steel grated Newhalem Creek Bridge. Path is wheelchair accessible; 1000 ft (300 m) long with easy grades. View a 1,400 year old hunting camp sheltered by a large boulder along side Newhalem Creek, or take a side trail 1600 ft (500 m) to an old growth cedar glade near Newhalem Creek.

 
A family explores a nurse log along Trail of the Cedars.

A family explores a nurse log along Trail of the Cedars.

R Seifried

"Trail of the Cedars" Nature Walk

Accessible via the River Loop Trail or Linking Trail, or from Main Street in Newhalem via a foot suspension bridge, this easy 0.3 mile (0.5 km) gravel loop meanders along the banks of the Skagit River through stands of old growth forest. Interpretative displays explore forest relationships. This trail is courtesy of Seattle City Light.

 
Falls in flume, Ladder Creek Falls Trail

Flumes and falls along the Ladder Creek Trail.

Linda Seifried

Ladder Creek Falls

Located behind the Gorge Powerhouse, this 0.4 mile (0.6 km) loop trail showcases the power of nature. It leads to Ladder Creek Falls and through manicured gardens that have been delighting visitors to the Skagit Hydroelectric Project for over 75 years. Cross the foot suspension bridge to the powerhouse and follow the signs. Some steep steps with handrails. Flashlight advisable at night. This trail courtesy of Seattle City Light.

 

Camping: Car camping is available at nearby Newhalem Creek Campground. There is no backcountry camping near any of these short trails.

Access: The town of Newhalem is located along State Route 20 at mile 120. Many trails begin from the North Cascades National Park Visitor Center, located across the Skagit River (watch for signs). Trails also begin from the Newhalem Campground, or from the town of Newhalem.

For more information on current road and trail conditions, permits, regulations and trip planning please see our Wilderness Trip Planner.

 
Wilderness logo of wolf howling at moon.
Ninety-three percent of North Cascades National Park Service Complex is designated as the Stephen Mather Wilderness, set aside by law for "the American people of present and future generations" for our protection and enjoyment. Please follow all Leave No Trace hiking and camping practices to reduce your impact on this special place and leave it unimpaired for future generations.

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.