• 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 - 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 and War Creek Trails are closed. Rainbow Loop Trail is in-use as a staging area and closed to public use. 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.

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?

Long horned beetle

There are more insects in the Park than any other group of animals; in fact, 95% of all animal species on earth are insects. Take your time to explore the breathtaking world of butterflies, beetles, and bugs. More...