Hidden places in and around Newhalem!

The Cascade Highways cuts its way on the north side of the Newhalem. Many visitors just cross the town thinking it is just a small town. They don’t know that there are lot of good stuff to see if they spare just an hour or so. Just two block off the highway is Newhalem visitor center, which helps visitors in exploring North Cascades National Park and the Skagit River project. Skagit Reserve project is conglomeration of beautiful dams and powerhouses on the bank of river Skagit.

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newhalem visitor centre

The Newhalem Visitor Center houses some top notch exhibits and is equipped with all the necessary facilities for visitors. There is a short trail attached to visitor center to take a view of majestic Pickett Mountain range.

Just a block away from the Visitor centre toward south is the famous suspension bridge built over Skagit river for entering the exotic Trail of Cedars. The beautiful trail is hidden by lush and green foliage around. There are plenty of plant species in the trail. For the visitors’ benefits there are signboards introducing various forest species. The trail leads lead to Gorge powerhouse.

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There is another suspension bridge and the famous Ladder Creek Falls near the Gorge Powerhouse. The area also covers remnants of once famous Newhalem Gardens. The garden was once full of the tropical plants that were wintered in a greenhouse. The garden still has beautiful northwestern flowers that survived the assail of time with minimal care. There are also other species of  beautiful blooming flowers  of different colours.

The Ladder Creek Falls is very beautiful and the scenery around it is panoramic. The Ladder Creek Falls comprises of a series of small pools and drops across a narrow ravine. Water flow through it all around the year. There are artificial lights to color the water with varying colors in night. The falls is somewhat big and serene sound of stream is a pleasant music to ears.

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The Ross Mountain just besides the highway is an eye candy. The mountain hides its treasured possession; the Ross Lake. Visitors cannot see the lake from the highway. They have to cross the mountain to have a view. If you decide to stop for few hours and explore Newhalem, be sure to take a peek of Old Number 6 locomotive, which is carefully preserved.

The houses at Newhalem are another pleasant sites. The houses look alike in construction style and appears to be well furnished when sighted from outside. Every person visitor who visited Newhalem with attest to the fact that the small town feels like something out of Twilight Zone movie!

North Cascades Highway: A Drive of Lifetime!

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The North Cascades Mountain Range is often termed as American Alps. Close to Newhalem the beautiful mountain range in the northern area of Washington borders Canada. Visitors will be delighted to find beautiful snowy mountain lakes, great dams, narrow but steep roads, gushing mountain streams, varieties of waterfalls and glaciers. There are more glaciers in North Cascades than any other places in United States. Every American at least once in their life time should pack his bag and set out for a ride through the Cascades.

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To get here you have to travel along the National Highway Number 20 – also popularly known as North Cascades Highway. Throughout your journey along the way you will be greeted with breath taking sceneries. The creepy and curvy road; finding its way over narrow bridges, through ghostly tunnels and into steep clips;  gives you an ever cherishing adrenal rush as you drive along. You will experience the true wilderness. Because of heavy snow the road remains closed usually from November to April. This makes going for a road trip when the road opens worth more cherishing.

The highway is up at some 5000 fts from sea level. Road is though of excellent quality but twisty a lot. There are plenty of deer to be seen on the way. There are around 40 waterfalls that can be viewed while driving. Road surface is wonderful and weather changes frequently. You will never forget the classy sceneries that greet you on the way.

The last point of human settlement across scenic Highway 20 is Newhalem. Just before your reach Newhalem you will experience classy scenes of Diablo and strong wind near Ross lake. The colours of the water in these dams are unusual  because of peculiar soil sediments found in the region. There are very few highways in USA that can come close to Highway 20. Once you ride across the highway you will have that never ending urge to take a trip once more.

Many tourists, especially the bikers,  make mistake of returning not coming to Newhalem and Diablo. Your Cascades trip will be incomplete if you don’t go to Newhalem. Newhalem is the very essence of North Cascades mountain region. It is around the town you will find the hidden lakes, gorges, small waterfalls, trails and wildlife.