National Recreation Areas
National Wilderness Areas
The Washington Cascades are part of the Cascade Mountain Range which extends from British Columbia to California and is dominated by several snow-capped volcanoes, two national parks, dozens of wilderness areas and millions of acres of forest.
Mountain Pass Report
While some mountain passes are kept open all year round (Snoqualmie, Stevens, White), all are subject to winter snows and temporary closure due to problems such as weather and avalanches. Chains might be required. This web site provides seasonal reports on Washington State's mountain pass highways.
Washington Wilderness Campaign. 305 N. 83rd Street, Seattle, WA 98103. Phone: 206-633-1992.
The Washington Wilderness Campaign is a broad alliance of conservation, recreation, angling, religious and other grassroots organizations dedicated to permanently protecting roadless and wild public land across Washington State.
Adventure's Wild & Scenic River Tours
Offers whitewater rafting or relaxing river floats through spectacular scenery with family, friends, and groups. Trips on any of 10 rivers in Washington's Cascade Mountains. Washington State Licensed.
Washington Trails Association
Information and tips for Northwest hikers, including a growing list of Trail Reviews contributed by online users, flora and fauna guides, backcountry kitchen and more.
Best selection of books on the Northwest.
Wildflowers of the Western Cascades by Robert A. Ross, Henrietta L. Chambers and Shirley A. Stevenson. A practical field guide to a rich wildflower area, this book combines useful plant descriptions with truly spectacular photographs. All the wildflowers are found on Oregon's Iron Mountain in the Cascades, but the book is useful throughout the region. 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...
Cascades Rock - 160 Best Multipitch Climbs of All Grades by Blake Herrington. This book is full of information including details on routes, topos and stories of local climbers covering mountain and alpine routes in the Cascade Mountains of Washington and BC plus rock climbing in nearby towns. 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...
Frommer's Washington State, 7th Edition by Karl Samson. This expert author tells you where to find great places to stay in every price range, the best outdoor recreation and much more. Utilize the planning tools to maximize your next adventure in the Evergreen State. Order now...
Moon Washington, 10th Edition (Moon Handbooks) by Matthew Lombardi. This travel writer and Seattle resident gives an insider's view of everything the Evergreen State has to offer such as great places to eat, scenic drives and volunteer vacations. Discover Seattle's arts and culture, details on climbing Mt Rainier and much more. Order now...
Hidden Washington: Including Seattle, Puget Sound, San Juan Islands, Olympic Peninsula, Cascades and Columbia River Gorge (Hidden Travel) by Eric Lucas. This author gets to know each community by going from neighborhood to neighborhood. This book will take you to all the great spots while describing both the famous attractions and hidden favorites. Order now...
Great Places: Washington: A Recreational Guide to Washington's Public Lands and Historic Places for Birding, Hiking, Photography, Fishing, Hunting and Camping by John Kruse. The geology, animal and plant life, and history of Washington's most-storied and scenic locales, including the best local lodging and amenities are explained in this full color guide. Order now...
Washington Off the Beaten Path, 9th Edition (Off the Beaten Path Series) by Chloe Ernst. This book features the unique things to see and do from quirky cultural tidbits to hidden attractions and unique finds to local dining. Travel off the beaten path for a one of a king experience. Order now...
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