Best Time to Visit North Cascades National Park

North Cascades National Park located in Washington US is the largest of the three national park service units that comprise of  North Cascades National Park Complex. This region not only serves nature lovers and hiking enthusiasts but also history seekers. This is because, with time, it has seen varied settlers, with different cultures and languages. It was first settled by Paleo-Indian Native Americans, and when the European-Americans arrived, it was inhabited by Skagit Tribes. With glacier-fed lakes, the trial of cedars, and beautiful waterfalls, this place is undoubtedly going to make your vacations memorable.

How to reach the North Cascades National Park?

It is located near Ross lake and lake Chelan national recreational areas. You can travel by car or public transport from Seattle, it is 3 hours from there. Or you can access it from the State Route 20 corridor. SR 20 connects with Interstate 5 at Burlington (exit 230). From the east, the highway intersects with US 97 at Okanogan and with SR 153 at Twisp.  

Remember, in winter the State Department of  Transportation closes the portion of the road between Ross Dam Trailhead and Lone Fir campground. And if you plan a visit to Lake Chelan National park Recreation Area, then it is accessible by ferry or plane from Chelan.

Best time to visit North Cascades National Park

Given its beautiful lake, waterfalls, and breathtaking view on hiking trails, the perfect weather to visit north cascades national park is between mid-June and early October. This weather is perfect for hiking enthusiasts as you will have a longer daytime period to complete the trail. 

And if interested in waterfalls and lakes then visit this place in autumn or spring. The valleys are lush green with beautiful flowers during spring. But don’t forget to pack warmers and waterproof clothing, as you can experience storms and rain in North cascades. The temperature at elevation becomes cold and snowy so make sure you layer up well. 

North cascades are open around the year, and completely free. You can even bring your pets along, given they are always leashed. You can indulge in a variety of activities here that include boating, hiking, camping, sightseeing and much more. 

For more information visit or call visitor assistance at 360 854-7200.

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