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Kitsap Peninsula Kitsap Peninsula Kitsap Peninsula
Puget SoundThe Kitsap Peninsula is for those who are drawn to the sea. Located in the heart of Puget Sound, the Peninsula is surrounded by over 300 miles of shoreline and is situated between the dramatic mountain Olympic and Cascade mountains ranges of Washington.
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Grays Harbor Grays Harbor Grays Harbor
WesternSpend time for part of the day relaxing near the inspiring Pacific Ocean, then, if the mood strikes you, you could find yourself in a lush rain forest one hour later. Although water is a big part of Grays Harbor, there are still beautiful land-based places to visit and enjoy.
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Oregon's Mt Hood Territory Oregon's Mt Hood Territory Oregon's Mt Hood Territory
Northern OregonFrom majestic Mount Hood to the green and sprawling Willamette Valley, Oregon's Mount Hood Territory is a place to be explored. Enjoy conquering historic hiking trails or take on Mount Hood on skis for an experience not soon to be forgotten.
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Olympic Peninsula Olympic Peninsula Olympic Peninsula
If over 60 miles of pristine wilderness coastline sounds appealing to you, the Olympic Peninsula is the place to be. Several untouched beaches provide scenery which makes a perfect setting for a romantic stroll or a reflective solitary walk along the shore.
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Leavenworth Leavenworth Leavenworth
CentralLeavenworth is your Bavarian getaway this Spring & Summer! Come marvel at our authentic architecture, bask in our German experience wrapped in northwest hospitality. 300 days of sunshine, 700 miles of hiking trails and pristine lakes just outside our doorstep are waiting for you.
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Pullman Pullman Pullman
SoutheastFinding a reason to visit Pullman shouldn’t be difficult. Whether you are here to visit the prestigious Washington State University, attend a conference at one of our many industry-leading technology companies, or are here to enjoy one of our many community events Pullman is sure to please.
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Bellingham Whatcom County Bellingham Whatcom County Bellingham Whatcom County
Canadian BorderWe offer a break from the ordinary. With magnificent natural scenery, skiing and snowboarding at Mt. Baker, hiking, arts and theatre, charming villages and water adventures like whale watching – Bellingham Whatcom County is a unique area of Washington state. Visit our website to plan your trip.
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Olympia / Lacey / Tumwater Olympia / Lacey / Tumwater Olympia / Lacey / Tumwater
WesternLooking to explore the best of Western Washington? Located on I-5, about halfway between Portland and Seattle, our region offers you the perfect vacation base camp. With the ocean, mountains (Rainier, St. Helens and the Olympic National Forest) and major metropolitan cities less then 90 minutes away, you are able to explore the area in all directions from one economical central location.
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North Cascades National Park - Orientation

Getting Around, Basic Info,...

North Cascades National Park is a complex that encompasses a good amount of area and links four other parks. Take a moment to gain a better understanding of how the park is layed out as well as what there is to do where within the park.

Overview

The North Cascades National Park complex links four neighboring units: North Cascades National Park North and South Units, and Lake Chelan and Ross Lake National Recreation Areas. Other wilderness and national forest lands border the park complex on all sides.

Like the other two National Parks in Washington, most of the North Cascades is designated as wilderness, which means foot travel is the only means to explore much of the park area. Within park lands, the most glaciers can be found outside of Alaska, as well as rugged mountain peaks and broad U-shaped glacial valleys. Two such valleys have been dammed to produce Lake Chelan and Ross Lake, and travel across these lakes by canoe or kayak is a very popular method to explore the backcountry.

Protected as a wilderness area, the North Cascades National Park complex is home to a variety of large animals rare in the lower 49 states, like grizzly bears, wolves, and lynx. Many travel to the park with the hope of observing this animals from a distance in the wild.

North Unit

The two halves of North Cascades are divided by Highway 20, and most of the access points to the highest reaches of the range are off this valley road. Other trails lead into the park from Highway 542 north of Mount Baker and from Canada to the north.
  • Heather Meadows ? Although west of the park boundaries, the several campgrounds in this area north of Mount Baker offer brilliant views of massive Mt. Shuksan, which is dwarfed only by Mt. Baker itself. The Little Beaver Creek trail traverses the park here to Ross Lake.
  • Thorton Lake Trail ? A nice day hike or overnight backpack trip to a beautiful sub-alpine lake surrounded by a mature hemlock forest and meadows of wildflowers.
  • Newhalem Area ? Several trails of varing difficulty can be found in this area, heading both north and south. The "To Know A Tree" nature trail, departing from the Newhalem Creek Campground, is a short interpretative trail featuring common trees along the way.
  • Ross Lake National Recreation Area ? Scenic trails head up the west and east banks of Ross Lake, and eventually reconnect with the Hozomeen area and Little Beaver Creek trail. A kayak or canoe trip up the waters allow you to quickly explore the glacial mountains.

South Unit


The South Unit is more accessible than the North Cascades National Park North Unit, and has miles of trails that are generally considered some of the best in the park. Lake Chelan National Recreation Area to the extreme south brings visitors via ferry to the Stehekin area to join trails heading over Cascade Pass.

  • Easy Pass ? Extensive meadows and glacial peaks define this short and steep trail. The panoramic vistas of Fisher Basin, wildflowers, and mountain goats reward the determined.
  • Stehekin Area ? This small community on the northern end of Lake Chelan, accessed by boat or floatplane, is a romantic destination for hikers wishing to explore the surrounding area. Trails pass historical buildings to War Creek Pass, and up the Stehekin River Valley to Cascade Pass.

Some Other Things To Know

Pets
Dogs and other pets are not allowed within the national park except on a leash on the Pacific Crest Trail, and within 50 feet of roads. Service animals are allowed for those with disabilities.

Pets are allowed on a leash within the Ross Lake and Lake Chelan National Recreation Areas. Pets are also allowed on most surrounding national forest lands.

If you are not sure where you can hike with your pet, please call the Wilderness Information Center at 360-854-7245 for trip suggestions.

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Kitsap Peninsula Kitsap Peninsula Kitsap Peninsula
Puget SoundThe Kitsap Peninsula is for those who are drawn to the sea. Located in the heart of Puget Sound, the Peninsula is surrounded by over 300 miles of shoreline and is situated between the dramatic mountain Olympic and Cascade mountains ranges of Washington.
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Grays Harbor Grays Harbor Grays Harbor
WesternSpend time for part of the day relaxing near the inspiring Pacific Ocean, then, if the mood strikes you, you could find yourself in a lush rain forest one hour later. Although water is a big part of Grays Harbor, there are still beautiful land-based places to visit and enjoy.
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Oregon's Mt Hood Territory Oregon's Mt Hood Territory Oregon's Mt Hood Territory
Northern OregonFrom majestic Mount Hood to the green and sprawling Willamette Valley, Oregon's Mount Hood Territory is a place to be explored. Enjoy conquering historic hiking trails or take on Mount Hood on skis for an experience not soon to be forgotten.
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Olympic Peninsula Olympic Peninsula Olympic Peninsula
If over 60 miles of pristine wilderness coastline sounds appealing to you, the Olympic Peninsula is the place to be. Several untouched beaches provide scenery which makes a perfect setting for a romantic stroll or a reflective solitary walk along the shore.
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Leavenworth Leavenworth Leavenworth
CentralLeavenworth is your Bavarian getaway this Spring & Summer! Come marvel at our authentic architecture, bask in our German experience wrapped in northwest hospitality. 300 days of sunshine, 700 miles of hiking trails and pristine lakes just outside our doorstep are waiting for you.
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Pullman Pullman Pullman
SoutheastFinding a reason to visit Pullman shouldn’t be difficult. Whether you are here to visit the prestigious Washington State University, attend a conference at one of our many industry-leading technology companies, or are here to enjoy one of our many community events Pullman is sure to please.
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Bellingham Whatcom County Bellingham Whatcom County Bellingham Whatcom County
Canadian BorderWe offer a break from the ordinary. With magnificent natural scenery, skiing and snowboarding at Mt. Baker, hiking, arts and theatre, charming villages and water adventures like whale watching – Bellingham Whatcom County is a unique area of Washington state. Visit our website to plan your trip.
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Olympia / Lacey / Tumwater Olympia / Lacey / Tumwater Olympia / Lacey / Tumwater
WesternLooking to explore the best of Western Washington? Located on I-5, about halfway between Portland and Seattle, our region offers you the perfect vacation base camp. With the ocean, mountains (Rainier, St. Helens and the Olympic National Forest) and major metropolitan cities less then 90 minutes away, you are able to explore the area in all directions from one economical central location.
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