Ranger Programs at Cascade Pass
“Cascades of Change” Guided Hike
Join an interpretive ranger to discover the dynamic landscape of Cascade Pass. From the emergence of glacial lilies to the sculpting of glaciers, this special place changes over time - over single days and over thousands of years.
Rangers will offer two guided hikes, one at 9:00 a.m. and one at 12:00 p.m. on Saturday, August 16. The trail is moderately strenuous and not recommended for hikers under 10 years old.
An interpretive ranger will lead you 3.7 miles up to the pass, stopping several times over three hours. The guided hike starts at Cascade Pass Trailhead. Follow the partially improved Cascade River Road from Marblemount and State Route 20 (23 miles) to the trailhead. From the trailhead, we will climb 2,000 feet through dense subalpine forests over more than two-and-a-half miles. Then, we will traverse meadows and rock slopes below the ridgeline over the final mile. Upon reaching the pass, hikers are encouraged to enjoy the views and return at their own pace.
Space is limited, please e-mail e-mail us to reserve a spot no later than Thursday, Aug. 14 at noon. Include names and ages of participants, and specify which hike you would like to attend. You will receive a follow-up e-mail confirming availability and further information.
“Alpine Adaptations” - Exploration Table
Under a deep layer of snow for most of the year, the North Cascades’ alpine meadows emerge each summer to host captivating critters and a colorful mosaic of flowers that adapt to survive an extreme and ever-changing environment. An interpretive ranger will host a hands-on display and share stories of survival from the species that call Cascade Pass home.
No pre-registration required, drop by the display in the parking lot for the Cascade Pass Trailhead between 9 a.m. – 11:30 a.m. or 2:30 p.m. – 5 p.m. on Saturday, August 16.
Did You Know?
North Cascades National Park Service Complex includes 684,000 acres near the crest of the Cascade Mountains from the Canadian border south to Lake Chelan.