North Cascades

It was among the North Cascades that I learned I loved to scream at mountains. To simply shout out in awe as I was surrounded by jagged peaks protruding into the skies above me, driving my car down a windy road in the middle of a glorious national park. Magical moments happen here. North Cascades National Park is one of the least visited parks in the Lower 48, and it kind of blows my mind that more people don’t flock to it. These are the American Alps, astounding ranges of rocky mountains that inspire all those who witness them. And the best part is, this park is so accessible from Seattle, a major city! There are bright turquoise colored lakes, impressive glaciers, meandering rivers, colorful wildflowers, and even mountain goats. During my first three summers in Washington I was lucky enough to escape to these mountains for a few days, and each time I was greeted with new experiences, new trails to trek, and more astounding sights to take in.

Quick Facts:

  • Visited: 2016/2017/2018

  • National Park founded: 1968

  • Location: Washington

  • Size: 504,654 acres

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Highlights & Hikes:

Hikes:

  • Blue Lake

  • Cascade Pass

  • East Bank Trail

  • Maple Pass Loop

  • Thunder Knob

Highlights:

  • Diablo Lake

  • Ross Lake

  • Washington Pass

  • The drive along State Route 20

  • Tons of visible glaciers!