North Cascades National Park

North Cascades National Park by Anna Abramskaya via Shutterstock.

North Cascades National Park, also in Washington, is a rugged landscape of jagged peaks, deep valleys, and cascading waterfalls. It’s a wilderness sanctuary for hikers and climbers.

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Fast Facts

State(s): Washington
Area: 504,654 acres (2,042.26 sq km) – 20th largest national park of 63
Highest Elevation: Goode Mountain -9,206 ft (2,805.99 m)
Lowest Elevation: Goodell Creek – 605 ft (184.40 ft)
Date Established: October 2, 1968
Annual Visitors: 30,154 visitors in 2022
Nearest Town: Sedro-Woolley, Washington

Recommended Day Hikes

Park Tracker considers a “day hike” to be a hike under 10 miles. Below we provide our top five recommendations inside the park, along with AllTrails links to the hikes.

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🧗🏻‍♂️ Popular Activities in North Cascades National Park

North Cascades is about more than just hiking. See below for some of the best non-hiking activities to do in North Cascades National Park.

  1. Boating and fishing on Diablo and Ross Lakes
  2. Birdwatching, especially eagles and ospreys
  3. Joining ranger-led boat tours on Diablo Lake
  4. Photography of the park’s mountain landscapes
  5. Attending evening programs on the park’s ecology

🛎️ Where to Stay Near North Cascades National Park

While there are ample camping and vacation rental options near most US national parks, I personally highly prefer staying at Hilton-branded properties when traveling to national parks. As such, below are the five closest Hilton properties to North Cascades National Park.

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🍔 What to Eat Near North Cascades National Park

After hiking and exploring North Cascades National Park, odds are high you’re going to be hungry. Here are five of the best restaurant options within and near the park.

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