Hiking within our neighboring North Cascades National Park
Getaway in the Wilderness
Cascade River Park is nestled in the Cascade River basin, a relatively narrow canyon surrounded by steep mountains rising 4000 feet. These peaks typically keep their snow caps well into summer; creating a beautiful contrast to the greenery below. The namesake river which cuts through Cascade River Park is federally designated as part of the National Wild and Scenic River System. Specifically classified as ‘Scenic,’ the river threads between mountains and in sections ‘cascades’ over rocks – living up to its name. White water enthusiasts consider stretches of Cascade river one of the most scenic and challenging class V runs. The river still has abundant fish and the surrounding forests and slopes are untamed with wildlife. Although logged in the early 1900’s, there is bountiful, well established second growth timber.
The Cascade River is home to two species of trout, and to several species of salmon and steelhead that spawn here. We have access to hunting and fishing, hiking & snowshoeing – a variety of roads and trails for feet and vehicles to explore. The local wildlife also includes deer, cougars, and bears.
Cascade River Park is a great base for exploring the Skagit byway, its history of mining and logging lingering in its towns and settlements, or the North Cascades Highway (SR 20) and the magnificent wilderness it winds through. Of special note is that this area is accessible year-round as the WSDOT seasonal mountain pass closure is further east on highway 20.
We are located within miles of:
- The Skagit River
- Mt. Baker-Snoqualmie National Forest
- The North Cascades National Park
- Ross Lake National Recreation Area
The Cascade River Road, which leads to the entry of our Cascade River Park, winds for 24 miles from the Skagit River to the trailhead of Cascade Pass and Sahale Arm. Along the way are mountain access roads (logging roads) and trails with incredible views. Rocky spires, valleys, waterfalls and alpine glaciers make it obvious why this area is nicknamed the “North American Alps”.
Cascade River Park can also be a place of peace and quiet, and privacy. It’s a place to disconnect from the hustle of city living, where one can unwind and rejuvenate. It’s an idyllic gathering place for family and friends who may want to discover the local campgrounds or cabins and RV parks for rent in town. And as you get to know your neighbors you have an opportunity to become part of a unique community.
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