North Cascades Highway

Drive approximately 30 miles across the park on the North Cascades Highway (State Route 20), and experience the old growth forests, cascading waterfalls, and mountain scenery of North Cascades. Allow at least an hour to drive this beautiful, winding road, and add more time for stops along the way. Before arriving, check road conditions for seasonal closures. For road updates and pass history, visit Washington State Department of Transportation.

 
Map of State Route 20

Highlights along the North Cascades Highway

North Cascades Visitor Center (Mile 119.9)

  • Explore exhibits on the natural and cultural history of the park complex
  • View the Picket Range from the Sterling Munro Boardwalk

Newhalem (Mile 120.5)

  • Visit the Skagit Information Center
  • Tour the Gorge Powerhouse
  • Enjoy the forests and creeks of Newhalem on a variety of easy trails

Gorge Creek Falls (Mile 123.4)

  • Walk along a short, interpretive trail to an overlook
  • Take in views of a waterfall, gorge, and dam

Diablo Lake Overlook (Mile 131.7)

  • Enjoy stunning views of the lake and surrounding mountain peaks

Happy Creek Forest Walk (Mile 134.3)

  • Take a peaceful, shaded stroll through a moss-covered forest

Ross Lake Overlooks (Mile 136)

  • Enjoy the view out over Ross Lake
 

Things to Do along State Route 20

  • A man sets up a green tent in a campground.

    Camping

    Learn about the different camping options within the park complex.

  • 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!

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    Visitor Centers

    Step inside a visitor center and explore the exhibits and interpretive offerings, or talk to a ranger.

  • A bicyclist rides along the edge of a forested road.

    Biking

    Bicycling in the park can be both challenging and scenic.

  • A park ranger addresses a crowd while standing in front of a blue lake.

    Programs and Events

    Find out about upcoming events and programs.

Last updated: March 9, 2021

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Contact Info

Mailing Address:

810 State Route 20
Sedro-Woolley , WA 98284

Phone:

360 854-7200

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