"Cruising through the North Cascades" North Cascades National Park by goingsolo

North Cascades National Park Travel Guide: 84 reviews and 154 photos

North Cascades National Park is located in the northern part of Washington State, about 110 miles from Seattle. North Cascades National Park Service Complex contains the heart of this mountainous region in three park units which are all managed as one and include North Cascades National Park, Ross Lake and Lake Chelan National Recreation Areas. In order to actually enter the park by motor vehicle, you'll have to take one of the gravel roads. There is no road service to Lake Chelan National Recreation Area. To access this portion of the park, you'll have to take a ferry or a floatplane.
Highway 20, the North Cascades Scenic Highway, passes through portions of the park and has stops at Ross and Diablo Lakes as well as many scenic turnouts.
Since I had only one day here and was driving a rental car, I didn't travel any of the gravel roads and didn't make it far past the highway. But I was able to take the journey on Hwy 20 and get some views of the mountains and an idea of what to do on a later trip.

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  • Pros:Very scenic,close to Canada and not accessible to the masses
  • Cons:Not very accessible to the masses
  • In a nutshell:Don't do this one in a day
  • Last visit to North Cascades National Park: Jul 2004
  • Intro Updated May 9, 2016
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