• 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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  • 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 »

  • Re-opening of Adjacent U.S. Forest Service Road and Trails that Access North Cascades NP Complex

    The area closure of the Twisp River Road and the Lake Chelan-Sawtooth Wilderness in the Okanogan-Wenatchee National Forest due to wildfires has been lifted as of August 19, 2014. More »

Your Safety

Many come to the North Cascades to enjoy its rugged beauty and remote wildness. Recreating in natural areas, however, has inherent dangers and responsibilities. Conditions in mountainous areas can change very rapidly, even during a day trip. These travel tips can help you have a safe and responsible journey so that you, and future travelers, can enjoy the landscape to its fullest.
 

Safety Tips

  • Use caution on access roads: watch for obstructions such as rocks, sudden bends, and parked vehicles/pedestrians.
  • Safeguard your possessions by keeping them out of sight. Lock your vehicle.
  • Carry the ten essentials listed below.
  • Stay on trails. Wear adequate footwear and use a topographic map/compass.
  • After hiking, check yourself for ticks which may carry lyme disease.
  • Horses can startle easily. When stock approach, make your presence known and stand on the lower side of the trail.
  • Report down trees or washouts to the nearest ranger station.
  • Do not depend on cell phones as there are many 'dead spots'.
  • Always tell a friend your travel plans including destination and expected return time.
 

Safety with Children

  • Children should remain with adults. Establish rules for keeping together. If separated, the child should hug a tree near an open area and stay put.
  • Pick trails and adjust goals to children's ages and abilities.
  • Bring along the ten essentials. Have children help develop an emergency kit and make sure they are familiar with how to use each item.
  • Help children develop responsible outdoor practices.
 

The 10 Essentials

  • Food and Water: Carry high-energy snacks and plenty of water. Treatment pills can be used, but only boiling kills giardia.
  • Clothing: Weather can change dramatically in the mountains. Carry rain gear and warm clothing including wool socks, gloves and hat.
  • Navigation: Carry and know how to use a topographic map and compass.
  • Light: Flashlight with spare batteries and bulb.
  • Fire: Waterproof matches and fire starter such as a candle.
  • Sun Protection: Sunglasses and sunscreen.
  • First Aid: Make sure to include any special medications.
  • Knife: Folding pocket knife.
  • Signal: Carry both an audible and visual signal, such as a whistle and a metal mirror.
  • Emergency Shelter: Plastic tube shelter or waterproof bivouac sack or emergency blanket.

Did You Know?

Junior Ranger Totem: Raven

Anyone can become a North Cascades Junior Ranger! Pick up one of the four FREE activity booklets at any of the visitor or information centers. Complete the activities and earn your official junior ranger badge! Download the booklet here. More...