Things to Do

Hikers in the North Cascades of Washington
Holly Werran
The North Cascades are often known for world-class rock climbing, but visitors will find much more than climbing to keep them busy in this beautiful landscape.

The North Cascades provide challenges for adventure seekers as well as accessible ways to explore the region for people of all ages and abilities. Hiking, driving, camping, snowshoeing and skiing are a few of our favorite things to do.


Hikes in the North Cascades vary from gentle meandering walks along river valleys to challenging scrambles on craggy peaks to strenuous switchbacks through ancient forests. The many trails to clear-blue alpine lakes are particularly beloved by hikers in the North Cascades.

“The many trails to clear-blue alpine lakes are particularly beloved by hikers in the North Cascades.”


Called “one of America’s grandest, most spectacular drives” by National Geographic, the Cascade Loop Scenic Highway allows visitors to take in all the beauty of this landscape from their window, with dozens of stops and short adventures along the way.



Camping is one of the best ways to get out and see the North Cascades. Whether the destination is one of the dozens of car camping sites or a remote spot on an overnight backpacking trip, there is nothing quite like sleeping under the stars!

Skiing and Snowshoeing

Winter means strapping on skis or snowshoes and getting out into the quiet, snowy solitude of the North Cascades. Some prefer to take it all in while zooming down the slopes at Snoqualmie Pass while others like to take it slower on the outstanding snowshoe and cross country ski trails.

Helpful links

  • Cascade Loop Scenic Byway:

  • North Cascades National Park – things to do:

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