Make your fun adventure a safe one too! No one plans on getting hurt while out exploring in a National Park. However, nature is unpredictable, structures are historical, and your equipment can unexpectedly fail. Planning ahead can be the key to a fun and safe adventure. Remember, safety starts with you! Learn more about how you can be prepared for your adventure!
Many come to the North Cascades to enjoy its rugged beauty and remote wildness. Recreating in natural areas, however, has inherent dangers and responsibilities. Conditions in mountainous areas can change very rapidly, even during a day trip. These travel tips can help you have a safe and responsible journey so that you, and future travelers, can enjoy the landscape to its fullest.
Safety with Children
Do not approach wildlife, no matter how tame or calm they appear. Always obey instructions from park staff on scene. Do not feed any animals. It harms them and it is illegal.
Mountain goat are protective of their young, keep a safe distance and use caution around goats.
Safety tips for travel in bear country
The 10 Essentials
Winter Travel Safety
Winter driving conditions in the North Cascades can be hazardous, particularly due to water, frost, snow, and/or ice on the roads. Roads may not be regularly plowed. Always evaluate current and expected conditions and make safe and conservative travel decisions.
There is potential for avalanche hazard along State Route 20 beyond the closure gates. Take caution when recreating along the road during winter. For more information visit Northwest Avalanche Center.
Last updated: June 7, 2018