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North Cascades Visitor Information

Cities and Towns of the North Cascades
Chelan
Concrete
Darrington
Glacier
Manson
Maple Falls
Mazama
Mt. Baker
Stehekin
Twisp
Winthrop

Travel Articles
Hike to Hidden Lake Peaks
Rattlesnake Ridge Hike


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Mountain Passes
Blewett Pass
Snoqualmie Pass
Stevens Pass

Mountain Pass Road Reports

National Forests
Mt. Baker-Snoqualmie
Okanogan-Wenatchee

National Parks
North Cascades

National Recreation Areas
Lake Chelan
Mt Baker
Ross Lake

National Wilderness Areas
Boulder River
Glacier Peak
Lake Chelan-Sawtooth
Mt Baker
Noisy-Diobsud
Pasayten

Scenic Drives
Cascade Loop
Mt Baker Highway

Ski Areas
Loup Loup
Methow Valley
Mt. Baker
Sitzmark Lifts
Sun Mountain


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Washington's Cascade Mountains

The North Cascades

The Mountains of the North Cascades

The defining features of The North Cascades' are its impressive mountains including Mount Baker, Glacier Peak, and Mount Shuksan; several National Wilderness Areas and National Recreation Areas, Ross and Chelan lakes and the rugged North Cascades National Park.

Liberty Mounain Bell
Easily spotted from the North Cascades Highway, State Route 20, Liberty Bell Mountain has an 7720 feet/2353 meters elevation. Photo by Jack High.

North Cascades Highway

The principle highway serving the area is Route 20, the North Cascades Highway. The seasonal highway usually is open mid-April through mid-November. For highway closure information contact forest service offices for the Mount Baker - Snoqualmie National Forest, the Okanogan National Forest or the North Cascades National Park.

Hidden Lake Peaks. Boston Peak and Sahale Peak at upper left. Hidden Lake at center. Photo by Brian High.

North Cascades Cities and Towns

The approach from the west passes through the towns of Concrete, Rockport and Marblemount, which lie along the Skagit River. The Skagit is home to a thriving population of Bald Eagles and the three communities celebrate the return of these magnificent birds with an annual Upper Skagit Bald Eagle Festival usually held in late January or early February.

The traveler approaching from the east will find the towns of Winthrop, Mazama and Conconully; each of which retains an air of the wild west with its saloons, trading posts and classic hotels. Winthrop in particular is a popular destination known for it's western theme.

Cascade Loop Scenic Highway

A popular tour is the Cascade Loop Scenic Highway. The circular route presents grand alpine views and high mountain passes along the North Cascades Highway, semi-arid orchard lands along the Columbia River and the beautiful scenery presented by the waters of Puget Sound.

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