"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.

Tops of trees stick out of water with mountain slopes in the background

Ross Lake low lake levels

Recreation Opportunities on Ross Lake Impacted by Low Water Levels

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Nature beckons, answer the call. The North Cascades offers a full range of camping experiences - from a car, RV, boat, or wilderness trek.

Backpackers hike a trail in wilderness.

Backcountry Hiking, Camping, Climbing

Permits, planning, and information to explore the wilderness and backcountry in the North Cascades.

Make your fun adventure a safe one too!

NPS Trip Planning Guide

No one plans on getting hurt while out exploring in a National Park. Learn how to stay safe in a National Park.

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Boating and Fishing

Boating, portage, and fishing information.

Food Storage Requirements

It's mandatory to store food and other smellables so that it is safe from wildlife. Learn how & why to do it properly.


Hiking in the North Cascades

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

Boats and float plane docked along the shores of Lake Chelan with the mountains rising above.


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

Park staff places a stake in a glacier for research.

Glacier Monitoring Program

Scientists monitor more than 300 glaciers within the park to understand effects of climate change on them and the North Cascades ecosystem.

Last updated: May 3, 2019

Contact the Park

Mailing Address:

810 State Route 20
Sedro-Woolley, WA 98284


(360) 854-7200

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