If you enjoy “getting away from it all”, the North Cascade Travel Guide is what you’ll be wanting in order to locate those enjoyable places that most folks know nothing about.
The Pacific Northwest is known for it’s beautiful wilderness and wild areas. However, there are many, many places that have wonderful recreation sites also.
The North Cascades National Park draws thousands of visitors to it each year. Why?
Let’s see what there is to do.
North Cascades National Park
Perhaps one of the first things you’ll want to do is to contact one of the Rangers of the park. She or he, will answer all your questions and even give you more to think about.
Guided tours or guided ‘talks’ with the Ranger will make for an enjoyable trip. An outdoor ‘education’ of the park, it’s ecosystem, cultural history, geology, and it’s many carnivores living in the wild will be fascinating for all.
While you are there, don’t overlook the “Lady of the Lake” cruises up Lake Chelan (she-lan) on your way to Stehekin.
Within the park you’ll see and hear animals with fur, feathers, and scales that are scattered throughout. If you keep a sharp eye out, you may be one of the lucky ones to see the gray wolf, fisher or even the wolverine that wanders through the forests.
All along the way you’ll be entertained by the antics of the Douglas squirrels and pikas that are in abundance throughout.
Have you ever see a Dragonfly up close? Here you will and be able to examine them closely.
It’s been described as a hiker’s smorgasbord for the huge variety of trails, strolls, scenic, steep, or even grueling hikes that are at your fingertips. All that is needed is for you to choose which one.
With some 400 miles of trails, you’ll be pleased no matter which one you choose. Deep valleys, dense forested areas, switchbacks, steep pases that lead to the higher ridges dot the entire park.
Be on the lookout for the more than 300 glaciers that protrude from the mountains and some 130 alpine lakes in the valleys below you.
Two Million Acres
Some 94 percent of the entire park has been deemed the Stephen Mather Wilderness and is the central core of more than two million acres of Federally Protected Wilderness.
During the hiking season, usually from April – October, you’ll be met with many others on the trails. But if you are and intrepid hiker, backpacker or semi-mountain climber, keep in mind that the hiking trails are open year round.
A trip planner schedule should be put into use before you begin your adventure though.
Camping – Bicycling – Fishing – Horse Riding
Bicycling is one of the next best ways to travel through the park. It’s a little bit easier and you can see more than just walking. Either way, you’ll get a scenic tour.
Perhaps you have little ones or older folks with you, then the North Cascades Highway will be just right for you.
Why not get your horse out for a little change of scenery too? Many of the trails are horse friendly.
Regardless of which areas you choose, the Park has something for everyone.
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Written by: Tom McDaniel
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