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Visit the North Cascades Parks, Creeks and Trails. Step Into A New Adventure.
Discover 3 Water Trails
Gorge Creek Falls--Sourdough Trail~
Diablo Lake Trail ~ North Cascades Institute
Thunder Knob Trail ~ Diablo Overlook ~ Thunder Park Creek Trail
Boating can be done on Gorge Lake and Colonial Creek. Kayak's and small motorboats can be moved along the Skagit River. There is also a River raft launch at Goodell Creek Campground. A small little place very near Diablo. Secluded, quiet, small. Picnics? Yes!
The water is always cold, so dress in layers and treat water before drinking it. Be careful when crossing streams or creeks, moss covers just about everything and even a light rain can make things quite slippery. Bring a backpack if hiking more than a mile from your vehicle.
Fishing is allowed in North Cascades nation Park Complex. Washington state fishing licenses, you are required to buy. The trout is absolutely delicious fresh from the waters, into the frying pan, then hot on a plate with scrambled eggs for breakfast. Any juicy fruit makes a wonderful juice liquid to fry the fish in. Mouth watering, indeed.
Information centers are along the way in Sedro-Woolley, Marblemount and Newhalem. Here is where to find the maps and trails, and pick up any last minute supplies. We love to find out some of the history about a place, we feel more in harmony with nature that way.
Walk the Trail of Cedars
Visit the North Cascades
Step into a new adventure of experience. Follow Highway 20 East for hikes and sights along the North Cascades. Located NE of Mount Vernon, Washington, follow highway 20 through the outskirts of Sedro Woolley, Wa. Meander up through the valleys of other small communities, growing closer to the majestic mountains.
The air is easy to breathe in deep up here.
Beginning in the Historic community of Newhalem, elaborate trails, walks, hikes, and camping spots prevail. Make it an all day adventure, or camp along the way. Many adventures and things to see, places to eat, views to delight our eyes, and walks to refresh our feet.
For flowering plants on high passes And in Alpine Meadows, spring and fall may occur in the same week. Glaciers are all around some of them with permanent snowfields, sheer walled cliffs. If you are a mountaineer and want to be challenged come to these jagged peaks and ridges of the North Cascades National Park.
At the Cascade Pass Trailhead is where most hikers enter the national parks. Trails are marked to make the steps into a new adventure interactive with nature. Many educational sign posts are along the way.
Step Into Newhalem, Beginning to Cascades Parks
Finding Your Way Through the Adventure
Stepping Easy to Adventure
Newhalem Area Trails
Main Street Newhalem
This majestic landscape can take a lifetime to explore. It provides just about every outdoor activity one can think of with its many rivers, streams, hiking trails and campgrounds. All along highway 20 are Washington state camping facilities. Also county, national park, forest reserves and even the wilderness society provide information to enjoy, and sites to visit.
Even if you are not an outdoor enthusiast, the drive alone is worth the trip. Thundering waterfalls, that lure us with their sounds, to stop, take pictures. Creeks, rivers and streams, call us from the numerous trails.
Mountains and peaks looming into view around the curving highway that climbs farther from the little towns and communities. Soon a vast wilderness, protected for nature and providing even such things as hydroelectric power. The history is quite interesting with the Skagit River bringing power to Seattle City light since 1918. The Newhalem store provides a detailed brochure on this and many other adventures.
If you are into science instead of history, this too, is the place to take a tour. People work in and around this natural world providing workshops, classes, understanding wildlife, preservation of natural resources. To protect the ecosystem at its core.
We've only just begun, there is so much more. The North Cascades Institute for Learning is only a few miles further north. It provides a whole new learning environment, for everyone.
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Waters of Adventure
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Step into an Adventure of Wilderness
Trails Made To Walk Upon
We really enjoy all the many places along this beautiful drive that invite us to stop, get out of our cars and walk awhile. The view inviting to the eyes and the waterfalls comforting to the ears.
To us there isn't any better place to visit that appeals to all our senses. Up here there is so much to do, like fishing, rafting, photo shoots of the ever changing scenery.
What is really nice too, is yes, the drive. Winding roads of beauty on either side with mountains and waterfalls filling up the ever clear and multitude of green Skagit River.
The whole of nature around here has many a story to tell. There are many places along that house books and maps and figures and facts about all the history along here.
We love most that even with all this care of the people to beauty this place, they honor the beauty of the earth as it has been for a very long time here. We admire that.
North of Newhalem, Hwy. 20
Stepping Into The North Cascades
Stepping Into New Adventures
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© 2012 Maree Michael Martin