North Cascades National Park

North Cascades National ParkNorth Cascades National Park compound located in Washington state, is composed of 685 acres of the Cascade Range in four diverse, yet joined, units that are North Cascades National Park North Unit, North Cascades National Park South Unit, the Ross Lake and Lake Chelan National Recreation Areas which are all under the authority of the National ParkService. Several other national wilderness locations and the British Columbia parkland are also next to the North Cascades park. The park contains rugged peaks, deep valleys, rushing waterfalls and more than 300 glaciers. All of these glaciers have significantly decreased in size from 1980-2005 and the rate of retreat is increasing. Almost 93 per cent of the park was named as wilderness in the Washington Wilderness Act of 1988, which also created wilderness areas in Mount Rainier National Park and Olympic National Park.

North Cascades National ParkAlmost all of the park is protected as a Stephen Mather Wilderness. This means that few buildings and roads are maintained inside the North and South areas of the park. The park is enjoyed by backpackers and mountain climbers. A frequent place to go is Cascade Pass, which was a traveled route by Native Americans. It can be reached by a four-mile trail at the end of a gravel road. Climbers like the North and South Picket Ranges, and Eldorado Peak as well as the surrounding mountains, because of glaciation and technical rock. The most photographed mountain in the country is Mount Shuksan, in the northwest corner of the park, and is the second highest peak in the park at 9,127 ft. Another way to experience the park is to boat up Lake Chelan to Stehekin. Boating, canoeing and kayaking, fishing and backcountry camping are popular on Ross Lake.

This park is well known for its wildlife. Because of its wilderness nature, the park is home to wolves, grizzlies, lynx, moose, wolverines, and many other rare species.

Climate

Vertical mountains and onshore weather systems from the Pacific affect weather conditions in the North Cascades. One of the snowiest places on the planet, the westside mountains picks up more snow than melts every year and forms the glaciers. The east side of the mountains, conditions are much dryer. The east side of the mountains are very dry.

 

 

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