Paradise in North Cascades! Washington’s snowy national park is almost entirely wilderness filled with jagged peaks, 300+ glaciers, forested valleys, and cascading rivers. What’s your favorite thing to do in this park?
ICONS: Goode Mountain is the tallest peak in the park, towering at 9,220 ft. Thunder Creek carries cold, fresh meltwater from the glaciers to Diablo Lake with finely-ground rock particles called ‘glacial flour.’ The Sourdough Fire Lookout provides a phenomenal view of the rugged Cascades. Stehekin Valley is a passageway into the Cascade Mountains from Washington’s interior wilderness.
THINGS TO DO: Hikers rejoice! North Cascades is a paradise: check out the 5.3-mile moderate Blue Lake Trail, 10.9-mile moderate Cascade Pass and Sahale Arm Trail, and the 9.1-mile hard Sourdough Mountain Trail. Check out the ranger programs, like the red bus tour to Rainbow Falls, the Diablo Lake Overlook, and evening programs, too. And don’t forget the Golden West Visitor Center or the North Cascades Visitor Center!
LEAVE NO TRACE: Make sure to read up on regulations and permits before your trips — and ask a ranger when you get here! Remember to pitch your tent on the designated site to protect surrounding plants, even if it’s muddy. Use a pit toilet when you can, or dig a cathole 6-8 inches deep 200 feet from camp or water; if you’re in the alpine/snow/glaciers, there’s no soil to break down your waste, so bring a bag and pack it out. And don’t forget: fires aren’t allowed everywhere in the park!
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