North Cascades National Park

North Cascades National Park

Celebrate National Trails Day in North Cascades National Park this weekend

June 2, 2009, 12:57 pm

When you visit North Cascades National Park Service complex, you get three parks for the price of one:  North Cascades National Park, Ross Lake,National Recreation Area and Lake Chelan National Recreation Area. These parks’ mountains, forests, rivers and lakes offer a variety of exciting activities and unique experiences.  Four hundred miles of pristine trails and vast undeveloped wilderness encourage visitors to not only recreate and experience a largely untouched wilderness, but also to partake of adventures like world class mountaineering, scenic driving, hiking, camping, boating and fishing.

Jagged peaks, deep valleys, cascading waterfalls and more than 300 glaciers add to the beauty of the three park units, which are connected by the Stephen T. Mather Wilderness. Most of the park complex is managed as the Stephen T. Mather Wilderness, which was established in 1977 and was named to honor the first director of the National Park Service.

This weekend the National Parks Conservation Association will be hosting a National Trails Day event in the park. If you’re planning to visit North Cascades this weekend or live nearby, consider swinging by to help keep our parks and their trails beautiful.

The group will be removing invasive plants and replacing them with native plants at the entrance to Colonial Creek Campground on Saturday from 9:00 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Invasive plants are known to be tracked from campsites to other areas of the park, so this important volunteer work removing the pesky plants will really make a large, positive impact on the park's ecology.

NPCA is reserving a group campsite–the New Halem Group Site A–on Friday, June 5th, Saturday June 6th and Sunday June 7th for volunteers who want to extend their stay and have time to explore the park. Please remember that participants are responsible for supplying all of their own food and camping supplies.

The event is open to everyone, but pre-registration is required. Please call 206-459-7306 or email [email protected] for more information.

To learn more about all of the exciting things to do and places to go in North Cascades National Park, click here.