Top Place: Highway 2

North Cascades
Breathtaking to explore and crucial to the health of the larger North Cascades landscape, Highway 2 is an important wildland to protect.

Experience Washington’s Highway 2 Corridor

Washington state’s Highway 2 corridor provides year-round recreational opportunities set amongst gorgeous scenery in the Cascade Mountains.

Highway 2 stretches from Puget Sound east to the crest of the Cascade Mountains. This scenic route passes through the Skykomish basin in the Mt. Baker-Snoqualmie National Forest and most of the Wenatchee basin in the Okanogan-Wenatchee National Forest.

Three Wilderness areas totaling 600,000 acres form the backbone of public lands along the corridor.

What are some of the best things about Highway 2?

The Highway 2 corridor provides incredible year-round recreational opportunities, such as skiing, whitewater rafting and rock climbing, as well as impressive views of majestic peaks.

What’s one activity Highway 2 is known for?

Highway 2 provides access to an abundance of scenic hiking trails and three wilderness areas--Henry M. Jackson, Wild Sky to the north and Alpine Lakes to the south.

Hikers will find no shortage of the three things they love most—craggy peaks, outstanding views and cool blue alpine lakes.

Interested in great hiking and camping? Get insider tips.

What’s one way The Wilderness Society is working to protect Highway 2?

We’re working with partners to help guide a trails planning process for Washington state’s newest wilderness area, Wild Sky. As part of that work, we’re committed to working with local communities to demonstrate the benefit of having wilderness in a community’s backyard.

Project: Wild Sky Wilderness Trails Plan

The Wilderness Society is working with partners to enhance public involvement and input in the development of the Wild Sky Wilderness Trail Plan and galvanize the conservation and recreation communities in implementation of the plan. A draft plan will be released in spring 2012. The Wilderness Society and its partners will provide recommendations and strategize on plan implementation.

Learn more about our work along Highway 2.