North Cascades National Park: A Guide to Explore the Beauty of the National Park

Oct 25, 2020 06:00 PM

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Tripboba.com - North Cascades National Park is a large national park located les than three hours from Seattle, Washington, United States. The park that was established in 1968 has 500.000 acres (200.000 ha) area consists of mountains, lakes, waterfalls, snowfields, glaciers, alpine meadows, and many other beautiful places. 

The park also has diverse flora and fauna. There are 1.630 species of plants documented in the park. Meanwhile, there are many animal species that live in the park, including 75 mammal species.

Several species of animals such as mountain goat, bighorn sheep, moose, bobcat, lynx, and many more are reported to inhabit the park. 

North Cascades National Park Camping

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The beauty of North Cascades National Park makes many people who love the outdoor to come to this place for camping. There are several campgrounds at the park that you can choose while if you plan to camp at the national park.

There are even several campgrounds that can accommodate cars and RVs. The campgrounds that are available at the park are:

1. Main Campground

  • Capacity: 19 sites (Spaces for tents and small RVs are also available)
  • Fees: Free
  • Reservation: No reservation, it's based on first come first served.
  • Check out time: Noon.
  • Facilities: Drinking water, vaults toilets, covered picnic shelter.
  • Services: Garbage service.
  • Activities nearby: Rafting, kayaking, and fishing on the Skagit River.

2. Newhalem Creek Campground

  • Capacity: 107 sites (Spaces for large RVs are also available)
  • Fees: $16 per night for reservations.
  • Reservation: www.recreation.gov or by phone at 1-877-444-6777. Reserve 3-180 days before your actual visit.
  • Check out time: Noon.
  • Facilities: Potable water and flush toilet.
  • Services: Garbage and recycling service.
  • Activities nearby: Short walks along the trails available near the site and fishing on the Skagit River.

3. Gorge Lake Campground

  • Capacity: 8 sites.
  • Fees: $10/night for reservations.
  • Reservation: www.recreation.gov or by phone at 1-877-444-6777. Reserve 3-180 days before your actual visit.
  • Check out time: Noon.
  • Facilities: Primitive camp, no water, vault toilets.
  • Services: Garbage and recycling service.
  • Activities nearby: Boat launch on the Gorge Lake.

4. Upper and Lower Goodell Group Campground

  • Capacity: 25 vehicles per site for the Lower Group and 10 vehicles per site for the Upper Group.
  • Fees: $50/night for reservations.
  • Reservation: www.recreation.gov or by phone at 1-877-444-6777. Reserve 3-180 days before your actual visit.
  • Check out time: Noon.
  • Facilities: Vault toilets.
  • Services: Garbage service.

5. Colonial Creek Campground

  • Capacity: 93 sites.
  • Fees: $16/night for reservations.
  • Reservation: www.recreation.gov or by phone at 1-877-444-6777. Reserve 3-180 days before your actual visit.
  • Check out time: Noon.
  • Facilities: Flush toilets and potable water.
  • Services: Garbage and recycling service, walk-in campsites.
  • Activities nearby: Fishing and boating at Diablo Lake, hiking in Thunder Creek, Thunder Woods Nature Walk, and Thinder Knob trails.

6. Hozomeen Campground

  • Capacity: 75 sites.
  • Fees: Free.
  • Reservation: No reservation, first come, first served.
  • Check out time: Noon.
  • Facilities: Vault toilets and potable water.
  • Activities nearby: Fishing and boating at the Ross Lake

North Cascades National Park Hiking

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North Cascades National Park has more than 400 miles of hiking trails to explore. If you plan for a day hiking, there are several trails that you can explore at different distances. Here are the trails that you can explore during the day and the time that you need to explore them:

1. Less than One Hour Hikes

  • Newhalem Area Trails 

Length: 330 ft (100m) to 1.8 (2.9 km)

  • Happy Creek Forest Walk

Lenght: .03 mile (.05 km) loop. There is also an optional 2 miles (3.21 km) roundtrip spur to a waterfall.

2. 1 to 2 Hours Hikes

  • Pyramid Lake

Length: 2.1 miles (3.4 km) one way.

  • Thunder Creek Trail

Length: 4 miles (6.4 km) roundtrip.

  • Thunder Knob Trail

Length: 3.6 miles (5.8 km) roundtrip.

  • Ross Dam Trail

Lenght: 1.5 miles (5.7 km) roundtrip.

3. Half-Day Hikes

  • Diablo Lake Trail

Length: 7.6 miles (12.2 km) roundtrip.

  • Easy Pass Trail 

Length: 7.4 miles (11.9 km) roundtrip.

  • Stetattle Creek Trail

Length: 3.0 miles (4.8 km) oneway.

4. Full-Day Hikes

  • Thornton Lake Trail

Length: 10.4 miles (16.7 km) roundtrip.

  • Sourdough Mountain

Length: 10.4 miles (16.7 km) roundtrip.

  • Fourth of July Pass

Length: 10 miles (16.1 km) roundtrip.

  • East Bank Trail

Length: Variable distance.

  • Cascade Pass Trail

Length: 3.7 miles (6 km) one way.

  • Monogram Lake

Length: 10 miles (8 km) roundtrip.

  • Hidden Lake

4.5 miles (7.2 km) one way.

North Cascades National Park Weather

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Mid-June and late-September is the best time to visit North Cascades National Park. During this time, there is no snow on the trails so that you can hike without much worry. Autumn and Spring are also the seasons when many people visit the national park to see the beautiful color of the park. 

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