My Experience of Camping in North Cascades National Park


One of my  good friends suggested a camping trip in the North Cascades recently. I was in mood. So it seemed like an awesome idea to spend the summer. I never had a camping trip. So I was excited about my the  trip to the North Cascades.  As the tour approached, I became progressively anxious. I was  unsure of my own decision because of many factors. What about wildlife? Would it be possible for city boy to live without showers and electricity?

With lot of apprehension I took my flight to Seattle with a huge backpack in tow. The flight from Newyork to Seattle was pleasant and enjoyable. I love sleeping and so I had a Vat 69 induced nap before the announcement  of landing made. I woke up from the slumber  just in time. Or else I would have missed the awesome aerial view of Seattle city.

From Seattle we hired a self-drive cab and set off into timelessness of North Cascades. There are many campgrounds in the region. After going through internet and sites like and my friend and I settled on Newhalem Campground. Availability of bathing facility and electricity is one of the reason why we choose Newhalem Campground.  There is a popular yet historic general store in the small town of Newhalem and the store is located just few hundred meters from the campground.


For people going to North Cascades there is another popular campground by name Colonial Creek Campground near Newhalem . For the more adventurous type tourists, backcountry camping sites are free. One advantage is the best views they offer if you’re up for the trek!

North Cascades National Park has several trails for different  levels of hikers. If you would like to challenge yourself, the place has several intense, adrenaline rushing high-incline hikes. Your labour with be rewarded with some of the most breathtaking views in the Pacific Northwest.

Our weekend tour was a lighter type. We did cycling,  kayaking, canoeing, paddling, explored nearby areas around Newhalem. We checked all  trails near Newhalem Campground, Most of these trails are locate on the edge the Skagit River. There was a moonlight  guided tours which we took. I would never forget how amazing it was. 

If you plan to go here is  this guide from the National Park Service. Plan your trips accordingly. Getting accommodation sometimes difficult because they operates on first-come-first-serve basis.