A vast forest, including much of the mountain and forest land around North Cascades National Park, has many trails, but because the snowline is quite low in Washington State, the upper ridges and mountains are covered by snow much of the year. This makes for a short hiking, climbing, and mountain-biking season, usually from mid-July to mid-September or October—but winter brings skiing and snowmobiling. The wildflower season is also short, but it's spectacular; expect fall color by late August or early September. The 10,778-foot-high, snow-covered volcanic dome of Mt. Baker is visible from much of Whatcom County and from as far north as Vancouver and as far south as Seattle.
Ranger Station: 1405 Emens Ave. N, Darrington, Washington, 98241, United States
360-783–6000-Everett office; 800-627–0062-toll free; 360-436–1155-Darrington Ranger District office; 206-470–4060-Outdoor Recreation Information