North Cascades National Park Sports & Activities

The boundaries of North Cascades National Park touch two long and sinewy expanses: Lake Chelan in the far south, and Ross Lake, which runs toward the Canadian border. Boat ramps, some with speed- and sailboat, paddleboat, kayak, and canoe rentals, can be found all around Lake Chelan, and passenger ferries cross between towns and campgrounds. Hozomeen, accessible via a 39-mile dirt road from Canada, is the boating base for Ross Lake; the site has a large boat ramp, and a boat taxi makes drops at campgrounds all around the shoreline. Diablo Lake, in the center of the park, also has a ramp at Colonial Creek. Gorge Lake has a public ramp near the town of Diablo.

Bicycling

Mountain bikes are permitted on highways, unpaved back roads, and a few designated tracks around the park; however, there is no biking on footpaths...

Boating

The boundaries of North Cascades National Park touch two long and sinewy expanses: Lake Chelan in the far south, and Ross Lake, which runs toward...

Hiking

Black bears are often sighted along trails in the summer; do not approach them. Back away carefully, and report sightings to the Golden West...

Horseback Riding

Many hiking trails and backwoods paths are also popular horseback-riding routes, particularly around the park's southern fringes. Tours and...

Kayaking

The park's tangles of waterways offer access to remote areas inaccessible by road or trail; here are some of the most pristine and secluded...

Rafting

June through August is the park's white-water season, and rafting trips run through the lower section of the Stehekin River. Along the way take...

Winter Sports

Mount Baker, just off the park's far northwest corner, is one of the Northwest's premier skiing, snowboarding, and snowshoeing regions—the area...

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