Most visitors arrive at North Cascades National Park by car. Public transportation options to and from the park are extremely limited but bicycling is a popular and green alternative to driving.
NORTH CASCADES NATIONAL PARK
ROSS LAKE NATIONAL RECREATION AREA
Primary access to both North Cascades National Park and Ross Lake National Recreation Area is from the State Route 20 (SR 20) corridor. The Silver-Skagit Road and State Route 542 (SR 542) are jumping off points for many northern regions of the park including Hozomeen, Mount Shuksan, and Copper Ridge.
North Cascades Highway
From the west, SR 20 (North Cascades Highway) connects with Interstate 5 (Exit 230) at Burlington. From the east, the highway intersects with U.S. Route 97 at Okanogan and with State Route 153 at Twisp. Due to avalanche danger, the Washington State Department of Transportation typically closes the roadway between Ross Dam Trailhead and Lone Fir Campground from November to April.
Mount Shuksan, Northern Pickets, and Copper Ridge
Water Taxi Service and Portage within Ross Lake National Recreation Area
Ross Lake Resort 206-386-4437
Hiker access to Stehekin begins at the Cascade Pass trailhead on the gravel Cascade River Road, the southbound Pacific Crest Trail from State Route 20 near the Rainy Pass picnic area, and from Eagle Creek, War Creek, South Creek and Gilbert trailheads on the Twisp River Road. Some of these trails are suitable for stock. For more information, please refer to our Trail Guide.