North Cascades

North Cascades Fast Facts

  • North Cascades National Park covers a total area of 505,000 acres
  • The number of people visiting North Cascades in 2016 was 28,646 *
  • North Cascades was made a national park on October 2, 1968
  • The lowest elevation found in North Cascades is 605 feet at Goodell Creek
  • The highest elevation found in North Cascades is 9,206 feet at on Goode Mountain
  • There is no entrance fee for North Cascades National Park
  • North Cascades National Park lies in the Pacific time zone
  • We last visited North Cascades National Park in August 2017
* Complete annual visitation stats can be found at North Cascades Visitation Statistics

Random Facts About North Cascades

  • Ross Lake National Recreation Area, Lake Chelan National Recreation Area, and North Cascades National Park were all created in 1968, forming this complex of three NPS units managed as one. Most roads and facilities are actually in the National Recreation Areas.
  • Mammal species found in the North Cascades include 75 species in 21 families. Among these are gray wolves, grizzly bears, black bears, wolverines, river otters, cougars, lynx, and bobcats, along with bats and many smaller animals.
  • The Stephen Mather Wilderness includes about 93% of the North Cascades National Park Service Complex.
  • There are over 300 glaciers in the North Cascades Park Complex, more than any other park in the lower 48 states.

Where is North Cascades National Park?

North Cascades National Park is located in the northern part of Washington state, running all the way to the international border with British Columbia, Canada. Most of the park’s land is extremely remote and hard to access. The National Park Service manages the park together with Ross Lake and Lake Chelan National Recreation Areas. Most of the easily visited areas are actually within these areas. The towns of Marblemount to the west and Winthrop to the east are convenient bases for visitors. Further directions and maps can be found at Getting to North Cascades.


North Cascades Visitor Center
(48.67285118114483, -121.26158040766313)

More About North Cascades

We have pages on all sorts of things about North Cascades National Park. Choose from the menu above the map, or from right here. We have sections on Weather, Getting to the Park, Camping, and pages to buy Books and Trail Maps. You could also check out the park’s Photo Gallery.