North Cascades National Park
Includes all lodging, all meals, park entrance fees, leaders, trail maps and narratives.
Timberline van shuttle is included from Seattle, WA.
Not included: Airline service to Seattle–Tacoma International Airport; Guide Gratuity.
Hotel 8:30 am
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Some of the west’s most rugged, dramatically sculpted, high-alpine terrain lies within the parameters of the Cascade Range that stretches from British Columbia southward into northern California. Glaciation claims a major share of the credit for the rugged character of the North Cascades and remains an active force today. More than 300 glaciers are found within the national park – more than any other park outside of Alaska and comprising a third of all the glaciers in the lower 48 states. The region is also marked by incredible diversity. The west facing slopes receive abundant precipitation from the Pacific and are heavily forested. The eastern, or leeward slopes, lie within the Cascades rain shadow where sunshine is prevalent, rainfall infrequent and vegetation sparse.
Our North Cascades hiking tour will emphasize the diverse experiences that are so prominent in the region. We’ll explore the area from the west and the east, from the narrow Skagit River Valley and the expansive Methow Valley, and from the adjoining national forests to the high alpine meadows in the central peaks. We visit sections of the Pacific Crest Trail described as some of the most scenic on the entire trail, with its sweeping, above treeline vistas. Our dates are timed to overlap the explosion of alpine flowers with the melting out of the higher trails to allow us to approach the everlasting glaciers.
|Day 1||Van shuttle to Marblemount, hike Diablo Lake Trail||4|
|Day 2||Cascade Pass, overnight in Marblemount||7|
|Day 3||Fourth of July Pass , overnight Mazama Country Inn||11.7|
|Day 4||Rainy Pass to Maple Pass||7|
|Day 5||Pacific-Crest Trail to Grasshopper Pass||11|
|Day 6||Sauk Mountain||7|