North Cascades National Park is my favorite park.
There are many reasons for this, some practical, some selfish and some aesthetic.
I live very close to the park, in Sedro-Woolley, a small town ON the North Cascades Highway. One reason I moved here was to be close to the park. It’s so nice to have the park of my dreams at arms reach!
North Cascades National Park is one of the least visited Parks in the Lower 48 States. This is not due to its lack of beauty, but rather to its inaccessibility. Although the North Cascades Highway goes right through the center of the park, it is very much a place for those willing to don a backpack and hit the trail.
While many other National Parks offer roads leading to some of its most scenic vistas, here in the North Cascades National Park the fee of admission is the sweat and struggle to get there!
For example, one of the official campsites in the park, Sahale Glacier Camp is reached by hiking almost 6 miles and gaining 4,000 feet in elevation. The view is sublime. I make it here at least once a year. It is my favorite place to camp, ever.
Of course there are very many fantastic places to go in the North Cascades National Park.
Here are a few of my favorites.
North Fork Bridge Creek
Copper Ridge and the Chilliwack River
North Cascades National Park
This summer is the 100th anniversary of the National Park Service. I am proud to be a part of the local celebration, leading two classes and 2 Visual Presentations at the North Cascades National Park. Here are the details.
If you are interested in a North Cascades Photo Tour, here is the link with the details!