As of June 1, 2013, North Cascades National Park Service Complex began requiring hard-sided food storage canisters at ten (10) backcountry camps and in five (5) cross-country zones. Food storage requirements for the remainder of the Park Complex will stay the same: all food and scented items must be hung (minimum 10 feet off the ground, 4 feet from any tree limb or trunk) or stored in an allowed hard-sided canister or park-provided food storage locker.
Canister Loan Program
The park has Bear Vault and Backpackers Cache canister models available for free loan (with credit card deposit) at the Marblemount Ranger Station, Glacier Public Service Center, Park & Forest Information Center in Sedro-Woolley, North Cascades Visitor Center in Newhalem, and Golden West Visitor Center in Stehekin. In addition, the Wilderness Information Center in Marblemount has limited quantities of Bearikade carbon-fiber, ultra-light canisters for a $5 rental fee (in order to cover the higher cost of these canisters). If bringing a canister from home, campers can use any of these models. For a complete list of additional allowed canisters, please refer to the Certified Product List (backpacking and small storage containers) as produced by the Interagency Grizzly Bear Committee.
Last updated: January 26, 2018