North Cascades National Park
Located just three hours northeast of Seattle, the alpine landscape of North Cascades National Park invites visitors to explore. Considered the "American Alps", this mountainous park holds countless serrated peaks ensconced by over 300 glaciers. It's these persistent bodies of ice that produce the eponymous cascades this park is best known for. If you listen closely, you'll hear the North Cascades calling... and you must go.
To learn more about North Cascades National Park, visit www.nps.gov.
Fees & Passes:
- There is no fee to enter North Cascades National Park. Enjoy your visit!
- If you're starting your journey on USFS land, a Northwest Forest Pass is required. More information can be found here.
- Purchase an annual pass for all national parks sites, $80
To learn more about park fees, permits, and reservations, click here.
Camping & Lodging
- Goodell Creek Campground: Open year round.
- Newhalem Creek Campground: Open May 26 through the fall. Group sites available.
- Gorge Lake Campground: Open year round.
- Colonial Creek Campground: Open May 22 to Sept. 20. Group sites available.
- Hozomeen Campground: Open May 22 to Oct. 31.
- Diablo Lake: 7 sites
- Ross Lake: 60 sites
- Lake Chelan: 24 sites
To learn more about boat-in camping in North Cascades, click here.
A backcountry permit is required, and permits for specific areas are limited. To maximize your chances, visit high-use areas midweek or after Labor Day, and always have a backup itinerary planned. For information on obtaining a backcountry permit, click here.
In addition to the multitude of camping experiences North Cascades has to offer, there are also other more established overnight accommodations and lodging. To learn more about these opportunities, click here.
Food & Drink
While visiting the Newhalem area, be sure to stop by the Skagit General Store. Established in 1922 as an employee commissary to serve the needs of the workers and their families on the Skagit River Hydroelectric Project, the original building is now listed in the National Register of Historic Places and was opened to the public in the 1940s. Today, employees and visitors alike can purchase milk, soda, snacks and unique hand crafted gifts, plus camping and picnic supplies.
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