Washington National Parks

North Cascades is one of three Washington National Parks. This is the US National Park for those who love to hike, backpack, camp and go mountain climbing. If you mountain climb, without a doubt, this is the place for you! Because there are more than 300 ice glaciers here, which is more than any other US National Park.

This is a place of breathtaking scenic views of deep glacier carved valleys, snow covered jagged mountain tops, lakes and forests. In fact, there are more than 500 lakes here. I have two uncles that live nearby and they tell me that the fishing here is excellent! My uncles tell me that some years, there is more than one million salmon fish and almost as many trout swimming in the lakes and streams.

The North Cascade Mountain range starts in Northern California and all the way into British Columbia, Canada. It's about 700 miles of connecting mountains and volcanoes. The most beautiful part of these mountains is here in the North Cascades National Park in Washington.

This US National Park is sub-divided into three different areas. The first area is the North Cascades and they take up about 684,000 acres. The second part of the park is the Ross Lake. This area takes up about 117,000 acres of the park. And the third area is Lake Chelan National Recreation Area which is about 425,000 acres.

Lake Chelan is the third deepest natural lake in the United States.

It is 1,500 feet deep. It is a lake that was carved out by ice glaciers.

Water is without a doubt the heart and soul of this Washington National Park. More than half of the glaciers that are in the United States, are right here in the North Cascades. These blocks of ice and deep packs of snow are what feed the lakes, the waterfalls, the rivers and streams and keep the meadows green and colorful with wildflowers.

Once you are here, you can hike, backpack, mountain climb, go boating, kayaking, or canoeing. Yes, there are some very tough and strenuous hikes to conquer. You know that just by the names of some of the peaks and trails. 

Take a look at some of the names: Mt. Challenger, Mt. Despair, Mt. Fury, Mt. Terror and Mt. Torment. Then there is Desolation Peak, Cut Throat Lake and The Three Fools Trail.

The names alone are an indication of the determination that you will need to complete a hike or climb!

Challenge of the North Cascades

Trails Illustrated North Cascades National Park Trail Map

But there are many, many easy and moderating hike trails to go on as well. There are just under 400 miles of marked hiking trails in this Washington National Park. And with only one eighth of the visitors that Yosemite National Park has, you don't get the tourist crowds.

100 Hikes in Washington's North Cascades National Park Region

Best Short Hikes in Washington's North Cascades & San Juan Islands

You are very likely to see some great wildlife while hiking on these trails.

Black bears, grizzly bears, elk, moose, wolves, lynx, cougars, mountain goats, deer, eagles, a variety of birds and bats are just some of the animals that call this place home.

North Cascades National Park Lodging Choices

There are no hotels or cabins inside of the park. There are over 200 campsites for tents and RV's. There is no hookups if your staying in an RV though. Nearby cities like Concrete, Marblemount, Mount Vernon and Sedro Woolley have hotels and cabins.

Mount Vernon,Washington,USA

Best Western College Way Inn

Best Western CottonTree Inn

Best Western Mount Vernon


Sedro Woolley,Washington,USA


North Cascades National Park Maps

This National Park lets you feel like you are alone with nature. Being here is a great way to find solitude and peace. If you love the outdoors, I hope you find your way here. You'll be so glad that you did!

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