North Cascades National Park


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Acadia NP SE Maine 1919 48,419 (19,603) Mountain and coast scenery.
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North Cascades National Park,

504,781 acres (204,436 hectares), N Washington. Located in the Cascade RangeCascade Range,
mountain chain, c.700 mi (1,130 km) long, extending S from British Columbia to N Calif., where it becomes the Sierra Nevada; it parallels the Coast Ranges, 100–150 mi (161–241 km) inland from the Pacific Ocean.
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, the park has outstanding alpine scenery, including high jagged peaks, glaciers, icefalls, hanging valleys, and mountain lakes in high glacial cirques. Western slopes are rainy, with rain forests and other luxuriant vegetation; the eastern slopes are drier. Lake Chelan and Ross Lake national recreation areas adjoin the park, which was established in 1968. See National Parks and MonumentsNational Parks and Monuments

National Parks
Name Type1 Location Year authorized Size
acres (hectares)
Description
Acadia NP SE Maine 1919 48,419 (19,603) Mountain and coast scenery.
..... Click the link for more information.
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North Cascades National Park

Address:810 SR 20
Sedro Woolley, WA 98284

Phone:360-856-5700
Fax:360-856-1934
Web: www.nps.gov/noca/
Size: 504,781 acres.
Established: Established on October 2, 1968. Wilderness designated on November 16, 1988. The Stephen Mather Wilderness Area extends into Lake Chelan and Ross Lake national recreation areas (see separate entries) and the three park units in this mountainous region are managed as one.
Location:In northwestern Washington. Access to the Park is from I-5 at Burlington, west of the mountains, and Twisp, on the east, following WA 20 (North Cascades Scenic Highway). WA 20, the major access to Ross Lake NRA, is partially closed from approximately mid-November to mid-April due to the weather.
Facilities:Campgrounds, picnic area, rest rooms (é), cabins, lodging, boat rentals, restaurant/snacks, visitor centers (é), museum/exhibit, self-guided tour/trail.
Activities:Camping, hiking, horseback riding, mountain climbing, fishing, boating, kayaking, whitewater rafting, wildlife viewing, auto touring, cross-country skiing, snowshoeing.
Special Features:In this wilderness park, high jagged peaks intercept moisture-laden winds, producing glaciers, waterfalls, rivers, lakes, lush forests and meadows, and a great diversity of flora and fauna. The park and adjacent recreation areas encompass more than 300 glaciers, more than any other national park in the contiguous United States. Almost 400 miles of trails and vast undeveloped wilderness allow visitors to experience nature with minimal human intrusion.

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As part of the National Park Service's Inventory and Monitoring Program, we counted birds at mostly off-trail point-count stations in North Cascades National Park Complex in 2001 and 2002, Olympic National Park in 2002 and 2003, and Mount Rainier National Park in 2003 and 2004.
Also in 1988 Congress approved the Washington Park Wilderness Act (Public Law 100-688) which made most of the North Cascades National Park Complex part of the National Wilderness Preservation system.
This fall, they will begin to release an additional 80 animals in North Cascades National Park and Mount Baker-Snoqualmie National Forest, a project that will take two years to complete.
But it's sort of like "Nature Disneyland." Talk about the difference between a Muir Woods and, say, the backcountry of North Cascades National Park.
He's referring to the county's 143 miles of Puget Sound shoreline and 3,000 miles of rivers and streams, the San Juan Islands just across the bay, and the North Cascades National Park to the east.
In their travels, they've seen Indians spear fishing in the Salmon River in Idaho, and ventured from Yellowstone National Park in Wyoming to the North Cascades National Park in Washington.
Stehekin Valley Family Adventure, North Cascades National Park, Washington.
But this view, shot by Barry Maas of Lynnwood, Washington, on the border of Mt Baker--Snoqualmie National Forest and North Cascades National Park, took everyone's breath away.
Northwest Forest Pass: For parking at hundreds of improved trailheads, picnic areas, boat ramps and interpretive sites in national forests and North Cascades National Park:
Stehekin Potpourri, North Cascades National Park, Washington.
IN the early 1960s when I served as the Sierra Club's first northwest representative, Dave assigned me the job of advancing the proposal for a North Cascades National Park. After putting together an ambitious prospectus for such a park and prodding the Kennedy administration to study it, I was quite disappointed by their modest counter-proposal.
Soon we've docked at Stehekin Landing, transferred our duffels to an old yellow school bus, and are bouncing along the edge of the Stehekin River toward the convergence of four fabulously wild places: North Cascades National Park, Glacier Peak Wilderness Area, Wenatchee National Forest, and Lake Chelan National Recreation Area.

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