• 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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  • Diablo Lake To Be Drawn Down Three Feet on Sept. 17 and Early Oct., Trailer-Launched Boats Affected

    On September 17 and October 1-15 Diablo Lake will be drawn down 3 vertical feet for facility repairs. 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 »

  • 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 »

Pets

Brought Your Dog Along? Know Where Your Pet Can Go

Dogs and other pets are not allowed within the national park except on a leash on the Pacific Crest Trail, and within 50 feet of roads. Service animals are allowed for those with disabilities.

Pets are allowed on a leash within the Ross Lake and Lake Chelan National Recreation Areas. Pets are also allowed on most surrounding national forest lands.

If you are not sure where you can hike with your pet, please call the Wilderness Information Center at 360-854-7245 for trip suggestions.

Here's Why

  • Dogs intimidate other hikers, depriving them of the peace wilderness provides.
  • Dogs disrupt native wildlife patterns and can harass, injure or kill wildlife—especially when off leash.
  • Where pets are allowed, leashes protect dogs from becoming lost and from wilderness hazards such as porcupines, mountain lions, bears, and sick, injured, or rabid animals.
  • Where pets are allowed, leashes also protect the experience of other visitors who may be afraid, allergic, or who do not want a dog approaching them.
  • National parks are special. They are one of the last remaining places in the world set aside for the protection of wildlife. Enjoy hiking with your dog elsewhere, and leave these places wild.

Be a Responsible Pet Owner

  • Keep pets on a leash--it's respectful to others and it is the law.
  • Pick up after your pet.
  • Don't leave pets alone in a car while hiking. Choose another hike or come back another day.
 
Hiker with leashed pet
A hiker and her dog enjoy a vista on a trail in the Ross Lake Recreation Area--please be responsible and leash your pet
Lin Skavdahl

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.