Often referred to as the “American Alps,” North Cascades does have similarities to those spectacular European mountains.
Sky-piercing peaks, 200-plus lakes, glaciers and alpine meadows make up the largest wilderness area in the state of Washington. Unlike the European Alps, however, the North Cascades has very little road access. Scouts who choose to hike or horseback in this remote setting must prepare for long rugged trails that take a few days or weeks to conquer.
Venture into the park on a 50-mile ferry trip up Lake Chelan. Then you’re off to explore the old-growth forest and the hundreds of waterfalls. In the summer, the meadows are carpeted with a colorful mix of wildflowers. It’s the perfect place to set up camp.
North Cascades National Park Service Complex
810 State Route 20
Sedro-Wooley, WA 98284