North Cascades

To the East of Washington's Puget Sound, you'll find a remarkable mountain range full of crags and jagged peaks, alpine lakes and streaming cascades.

This is the North Cascades, a mountainous land with more than 2.5 million acres of pristine wilderness stretching from the Canadian border to the foothills of Mt. Rainier. Visitors to the region find world-class recreation and pristine wilderness areas that help to clean our air and drinking water.

Why the North Cascades

Learn more about this stunning landscape and why it’s worth protecting.

Stories from the North Cascades

While the natural landscape of Washington state has set the scene for many fictional stories, there are just as many real-life stories connected with the beautiful North Cascades.

Experience the North Cascades

The North Cascades boast some of the best wildlands recreation in the Pacific Northwest — if not the world. They offer a multitude of fun ways to get out and explore the region’s natural beauty.

Focus areas

The North Cascades span eight counties. The area sustains rural and urban communities east and west of the Cascade Crest. We’re working to protect several areas within this important landscape.

Help protect the North Cascades

There are many ways you can help ensure the North Cascades remain vibrant for generations to come.Make a donation to help protect the North Cascades.

 

Click here to see a map of North Cascades Wilderness Areas

 

  • Michael Reinemer

    Strayed will receive the We Are the Wild Inspiration Award, which recognizes a person who embodies the spirit of wilderness and its transformative power.

    Jamie Williams, president of The Wilderness Society, said, “In this 50th anniversary year of the Wilderness Act, we present this award to underscore the importance of inspiring people to discover and care for our wild lands. Today we honor Cheryl Strayed for her remarkable story and for inspiring new generations to experience wilderness, which forms the backbone of the American spirit.”

  • Michael Reinemer

    President Obama will use his executive authority to create the San Gabriel Mountains National Monument, an action that will improve outdoor recreation, safeguard vital water supplies and protect wildlife in the backyard of Los Angeles – the nation’s most populous county.

  • Michael Reinemer

    The Wilderness Society applauds the Obama Administration for advancing bipartisan efforts to further protect ocean ecosystems and their scientific value by using the Antiquities Act to expand the Pacific Remote Islands Marine National Monument, an undisturbed island and atoll chain located 1,000 miles southwest of Hawaii. The proclamation builds on the approximately 83,000 square-mile national monument initially designated by President George W. Bush in 2009.