North Cascades National Park Plan Your Visit

Operating Hours Seasons

North Cascades National Park is open every day of the year. Winter weather however, tends to dictate when most visitor facilities and roads are open. Generally from late May to late October, facilities are open to welcome the increase in summer visitors.

Getting There


Nearest major airport is Seatac near Seattle, Washington. Chelan Airways (509/682-5555)provides floatplane access to Stehekin in Lake Chelan National Recreation Area.


Primary access to the North Cascades and Ross Lake National Recreation Area is off of State Route (SR) 20, which connects to I-5 at Burlington. Branch routes lead to Baker Lake (Mount Baker-Snoqualmie National Forest) and the Cascade River. In winter SR 20 is closed at Washington Pass beyond Ross Lake. There is no car access to the Stehekin Valley and Lake Chelan National Recreation Area. Take Highway 2 to the town of Chelan where passenger ferry and plane access is available. There is also trail access off of SR 20. The only road access to the shore of Ross Lake is via the Silver-Skagit Road (gravel) from near Hope, British Columbia.


Greyhound(1-800-229-9424)offers transport along the I-5 corridor in Western Washington and to Wenatchee in Eastern Washington. Connections to county bus systems for Skagit and Whatcom Counties (SKAT and WTA)are possible but do not reach into the park complex on the westside of the mountains. From Wenatchee, the "LINK" public bus system (no Sunday service)in Chelan County (1-509-662-1155)connects to the passenger ferry at Chelan allowing foot passengers to visit Stehekin by boat. A van shuttle is available in the valley from the Stehekin Landing.

Public Transportation

Amtrak (1-800-872-7245) and Greyhound(1-800-229-9424)offer transport along the I-5 corridor in Western Washington and to Wenatchee in Eastern Washington. The "LINK" public bus system in Chelan County connects to the passenger ferry at Chelan (Lake Chelan Boat Company) which goes to Stehekin Landing in Lake Chelan National Recreation Area at the opposite end of the lake. Contact the park (360/856-5700 ext.515) for more information. Very little of the park is accessible via public transportation.

Getting Around

The N. Cascades Hwy (SR 20)goes through Ross Lake National Recreation Area. Cascade River Road leaves SR 20 at Marblemount, WA, to more trailheads. Bus services in the Stehekin Valley (Lake Chelan National Recreation Area)are provided by the Stehekin Shuttle. Service from Stehekin Landing to the end of the driveable road is available mid-May through mid-October each year. There are many trailheads and camps along the Stehekin Valley Road.

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