43 North Cascades National Park

Only a three-hour drive from Seattle, North Cascades National Park looks like you’ve traveled all the way to Switzerland. With its 300 glaciers and soaring mountain peaks, North Cascades is a wilderness park best explored on foot during the summer months. We discuss our favorite hikes, as well as a unique park lodge in the tiny town of Stehekin that can only be reached by boat, seaplane, or on foot. And we share a story about a frightening night we spent in a remote backpacking campsite. 

Some of the topics we discuss in this episode:

  • The three NPS units that make up the North Cascades park complex
  • Where the Visitor Centers are
  • The best time to visit for hikers
  • Why this is one of the least visited national parks
  • Where we like to stay when we visit the park
  • Our favorite hike in the national park 
  • How to get to North Cascades Lodge in Stehekin
  • Fun things to do and see in the Stehekin area
  • What happened to us during our backpacking trip to Stehekin

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