"The North Cascades are Calling!"

Less than three hours from Seattle, an alpine landscape beckons. Discover communities of life adapted to moisture in the west and recurring fire in the east. Explore jagged peaks crowned by more than 300 glaciers. Listen to cascading waters in forested valleys. Witness a landscape sensitive to the Earth's changing climate. Help steward the ecological heart of the Cascades.

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Current Conditions

Learn about current conditions for roads, trails, lakes, and more.

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Learn about the different camping options within the park complex.

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The Stehekin Valley has long served as a passageway for travelers, linking Washington's interior wilderness to the rugged Cascade Mountains.

Where and why they are required, and how to obtain a permit

Backcountry Permits

Backcountry permits are required year-round. Find out where they are required, why they are required, and how to obtain a permit.

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Backcountry Reservations

Reservations for backcountry permits begin in March 2022.

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Find information on boating in the park complex.

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Wilderness Trip Planner

Plan a trip into the backcountry of the North Cascades.

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Hiking in the North Cascades

Hike the North Cascades to experience some of the finest mountain country in North America!

Last updated: August 9, 2022

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810 State Route 20
Sedro-Woolley , WA 98284


360 854-7200

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