Cities and Towns of the North Cascades
National Recreation Areas
National Wilderness Areas
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.
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.
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.
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.
Best selection of books on the Northwest.
Day Hike! North Cascades by Mike McQuaide. Organized by major highways and roads for easy trail-finding, clear descriptions of each trail, including mileage and estimated hiking time, elevation gain, possible trail conditions, difficulty level, map references, necessary permits, options for dogs and bikes, and where to find further information. Order now...
Day Hiking North Cascades by Craig Romano. This compact guide covers t a broad range of hiking options. This is the most up-to-date guide for the area, organized along highway and other travel corridors with an emphasis on trails that are 12 miles or less, round-trip. Order now...
Hiking the North Cascades, 2nd Edition by Erik Molvar. This comprehensive guide is your passport to one of the most beautiful and truly wild reaches of North America describing 105 of the region's best and most varied hikes, from a few choice short excursions to a whole host of day trips and overnight treks. Order now...
Moon Spotlight Washington's Northern Cascades Camping & Hiking by Tom Stienstra and Scott Leonard. Compact guide covering the region's camping and hiking sights with at-a-glance icons to activities. Hiking descriptions, easy-to-follow maps, and clear driving directions are included. Order now...
Selected Climbs in the Cascades Volume II by Jim Nelson and Peter Potterfield. Features 100 routes, including top favorite sport and crag climbing areas. Illustrated throughout with black and white photographs, several with route overlays. Highlights fun, quality climbs for all skill levels. Order now...
Highroad Guide to the Washington Cascades by Allan May. This guide contains detailed trail instructions and 50 maps in an easy to use format leading you to the best sites of Washington's Cascade Mountains. Order now...
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