North Cascades National Park has many favorite naturally occurring things— amazing colored alpine lakes, vast evergreen expanses, awesome rocky mountainous peaks, and stunning waterfalls sliding down in every direction. My visit to the place last year was not my first, nor it will not be our last, as I have strong attachment to the place. It is where my adventure really began, when I went there 5 year ago. The place allows you to many things. So, it is my favourite.
Okay, here is 5 reasons to explore North Cascades National Park
- Glacier Lakes: The brilliantly green alpine lakes in the Cascade Range have still waters upon where your can self-paddle boats and glide beneath captivating views in every direction. However, you will need to take your own boat and can set out from one of the designated areas found throughout the park. Diablo and Ross Lakes are two popular areas from you can launch on backcountry and day-paddles. Rentals are also available in some places like Ross Lake.
- Photo Ops Spots: With beautiful snow-capped peaks, rocky ridge lines, hundreds of glaciers, waterfalls, valleys, wildlife, and lakes, there are so many ways to capture great snaps. The landscape was so photogenic that it inspired well-known writer Jack Kerouac to nestle himself atop Desolation Peak for 63 days in the summer of 1956. Late he wrote his experience in his Novel The Dharma Bums and Desolation Angels. My favorite place for photo ops was Mount Shuksan.
- Backpacking: Hikes are more fun towards end of your travel. You can tent up and relax for an evening or two in a backcountry setting. Most of the backpacking routes in the North Cascades region take you to crystal alpine lakes including the famous Ross Lake, Thornton and Monogram Lakes. Hikes gets difficult in this area because of the steep terrain and also due to backpack your carry. So it is better to plan properly.
- Waterfalls: The waterfalls in North Cascades are too many to count. Whether they are falling down forcefully from the hill high or peaking out of the vegetation as you drive along through the mountain roads, you cannot go far without spotting a runoff from the Cascade Mountain Range. Ladder Creek Falls near Newhalem is the most popular and the most visited as it is easily accessible.
- Hiking Spots: There are around some 500 Kilometers of hiking trails in North Cascades National Park that provide more pathways of pure hiking bliss. A jungle of wilderness like that which you will explore in the North Cascades is remarkable in different ways. The earth in the forest is thickly covered with leaves, pine and cones that, always wet in this marine environment, mash together and devour the sound of any foot step that falls through it. When you are hiking in this area, you are not on a landscape, you are into. This place is paradise for those wishing to roam through an gusty woodland wilderness.
To have an wonderful times you need to plan properly. If your plan is for few days only it would be better to carry a light backpack and all essentials like camping gear, proper sporting shoes, torchlight, lotions to ward off flies etc.