"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.

A lake surrounded in front of snow-covered mountains.

Visiting in the Non-Peak Season

For a trip to North Cascades in the non-peak season, plan ahead for what's open and what to expect during this variable time of year.

A stream winds through a snowy forest.

Winter Safety

Winter can show you a different side of the park, but it also involves extra safety considerations.

Snow-dusted trees.

Current Conditions

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

A man sets up a green tent in a campground.

Camping

Learn about the different camping options within the park complex.

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

Stehekin

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

Three hikers travel along a dirt trail in the mountains.

Hiking in the North Cascades

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

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.

Clouds cover mountaintops on the far side of a lake.

Weather

The weather can change quickly in the North Cascades. Check the weather to prepare for a safe visit.

Canoes loaded for camping  prepare to launch at the lakes edge.

Boating

Find information on boating in the park complex.

A small subalpine lake with a sea of mountains in the background.

Wilderness Trip Planner

Plan a trip into the backcountry of the North Cascades.

Last updated: October 28, 2021

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Mailing Address:

810 State Route 20
Sedro-Woolley , WA 98284

Phone:

360 854-7200

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