Centennial Photo Scavenger Hunt

Find your inspiration, take the hint, find the spot, snap a pic, and share to discover new (or revisted!) areas in the North Cascades!

We want you to Find Your Park in the North Cascades during the National Park Service Centennial celebration! The Photo Scavenger Hunt is a way to Picture Yourself Here in both the front country and backcountry areas within North Cascades National Park Service Complex, there is an adventure for everyone! Each month two photos released: a front country (on or near roads or buildings) photo on the 1st and a backcountry (remote, undeveloped areas) photo on the 15th. Find your inspiration, take the hint, find the spot, snap a pic, and share your photo. Have you been to the spot before? Share your photo in the comments section on the post of the park's Facebook page!
Kayak Launch on Diablo Lake

May Front country - May 1, 2016

Picture Yourself Here: The launch to this turquoise colored reservoir is found along State Route 20 and will place you on the second largest man-made reservoir in the park.

Mountain slope overlooking Ross Lake

NPS Photo / S. Brennan

May Backcountry - May 15, 2016

Picture Yourself Here: Experience the quiet side of Diablo Lake on this trail found near the Environmental Learning Center or Ross Dam Trail, either place will take you there!

Sunrise over Lake Chelan

NPS Photo / W. Tarantino

June Front country - June 1, 2016

Picture Yourself Here: Found along the road heading up the Stehekin Valley visit this place and look down lake where mountain slopes stack one after another for as far as the eye can see.

Wooden bridge over Thunder Creek

NPS Photo / E. Christofferson

June Backcountry - June 15, 2016

Picture Yourself Here: Find a trail that leaves from a campground into the wilderness of the backcountry and crosses the creek numerous times to place you upon wooden bridges.

Person diving into Ross Lake

Photo courtesy of Mike Cook

July Front country - July 1, 2016

Picture Yourself Here: Perched on a dock on a warm summer day, jump and plunge in the waters of Ross Lake.

Hiker looking over Ross Lake.

NPS Photo / M. Kirshenbaum

July Backcountry - July 15, 2016

Picture Yourself Here: Take a hike up to the lookout known famously for beat-era author and gaze across the bird's eye view of the northern end of Ross Lake.

People standing on a dock on the lake surrounded by mountains.

NPS Photo / D. Dixon

August Front country - August 1, 2015

Picture Yourself Here: It's the point where Canada meets the United States and lazy summer days can't be beat!

Fire lookout structure on the top of the mountain in the clouds.

NPS Photo / A. Sussman

August Backcountry - August 15, 2016

Picture Yourself Here: Follow the ridgeline on this strenuous hike in a lesser-visited area in the northwest portion of the park and be rewarded with 360* views.

Moss and trees hang off of rocks in a narrow creek passage way

NPS Photo / W. Tarantino

September Front country - September 1, 2016

Picture Yourself Here: Don't let the devil make you do it…but make sure you find the inspiration and paddle up this creek for rewards (and adventure!) around each bend.

People walking on a trail with fall colors and mountains in the background.

NPS Photo / E. McKay

September Backcountry - September 15, 2016

Picture Yourself Here: The short, steep trail to the pass is anything but "easy", but the views are your reward: Catch panoramic vistas of Fisher Basin and Mounts Logan, Fisher, and Arriva, as well as the colors of the golden larches of fall.

Bicyclists riding through the orchard.

NPS Photo / D. Dixon

October Front country - October 1, 2016

Picture Yourself Here: Take a peaceful step back in time and grab an apple to explore the stories on a stroll around this historic spot in the Stehekin Valley.

Plants line the hiking trail with large cedar trees in the distance.

NPS Photo / L. Skavdahl

October Backcountry - October 15, 2016

Picture Yourself Here: Be delighted in old-growth western red cedars more than six feet in diameter after you begin your hike up a popular trail along the west bank of Ross Lake.

Last updated: April 13, 2016

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