North Cascades National Park Service Complex spans the Cascade Crest from the temperate rainforest of the wet west-side to the dry ponderosa pine ecosystem of the east. The park encompasses landscapes with over 9,000 feet of vertical relief. There results a high diversity of plants, over 1,600 species so far identified, and many other organisms adapted to a wide spectrum of habitats.

The relatively new mountains, glaciers and streams of North Cascades lie near a dynamic interface of tectonic plates and provide an opportunity to study geologic processes unfolding through time. Geologists and others seek answers to questions of global climate change, mountain building and erosion, volcanism, glaciation, stream dynamics, and more.

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Bear Safety

Learn more how to stay safe in bear country

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Learn more about the diverse animals that live in the North Cascades

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Learn more about the North Cascades is botanical diversity.

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Inventory and Monitoring

Learn more about inventory and monitoring projects, inventory and monitoring reports.

Last updated: March 5, 2024

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810 State Route 20
Sedro-Woolley, WA 98284


360 854-7200

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