North Cascades National Park
A True Wilderness Experience
Naturalist Guided Hiking Trip and More: North Cascades National Park - A True Wilderness Experience
AUGUST 25 - September 2, 2023
Remote! Magnificent! Wild! Vast! Rugged Beauty!
These are just a few of the adjectives used to describe North Cascades National Park, hinting at the incredible nature of this portion of the expansive Cascade Range. Venturing into North Cascades National Park is a wilderness experience par excellence!
Join me on this unique adventure and enter a world of stunning natural splendor.
On this trip you will explore a very remote national park and ecosystem – an area not accessed by most people; in fact, due to its remoteness, North Cascades National Park is one of the wildest places in the United States and is the second least visited national park in America. It is part of the North Cascades National Park Service Complex which forms the core of one of the largest and wildest wilderness areas in the contiguous United States, the Stephen Mather Wilderness.
Often called the “North American Alps,” the Park is known for its steep mountains with high jagged peaks, ever-flowing streams, countless cascading waterfalls, and tremendous biological diversity. With more than 300 glaciers and countless snowfields, the Park is one of the most rugged and heavily glaciated areas in the United States outside of Alaska!
The 386 miles of maintained trails take you to absolutely breathtaking alpine scenery, along with waterfalls, alpine wildflowers, abundant wildlife and the turquoise waters of glacial rivers and subalpine lakes. There is no better way to experience such a remote, wild and extraordinary region than by hiking into the heart of the cascades. And this, my friends, is exactly what we’ll do on this naturalist-led trip. We will explore the natural history and geology of this area, learning about the wildlife and plant life adapted to living in this varied, remote, and sometimes harsh landscape.
North Cascades National Park - A True Wilderness Experience
Trip Length: 9 days, 8 nights
Trip Dates: August 25 – September 2 (Friday to Saturday), 2023
Trip Cost: $3985 ** Single Supplement: $1144 (limited)
Trip Highlights and Activities:
Exploring and hiking in one of the most remote and least-visited national parks with your own Naturalist guide; a wilderness experience; natural history interpretation; stunning, dramatic, incomparable scenery; photo opportunities; tremendous biological diversity; birding; wildlife viewing; botanizing; alpine wildflowers; more than 300 glaciers; waterfalls; kayaking on Lake Chelan; lodging inside the park; staying at the Stehekin Valley Ranch in the spectacular and remote Stehekin Valley; North Cascades Scenic Highway; Ferry ride up fjord-like Lake Chelan.
Group Size: 5 (min) – 10 (max) participants
**Trip Cost is based on the minimum group size of 5 participants (pax)**
If 4 pax, add $475 each; 3 pax, add $1705; 2 pax, add $3000
August/September in the North Cascades
August and September are considered, by many, to be the best months to visit the North Cascades. Because the snow is usually off all but the highest trails by sometime in July, we’ll have access to both the low and high country, a must to fully experience this magnificent area and its flora and fauna.
Naturalist Guided Day Hikes, Eco Tours; Naturalist Guide, Trails Less Traveled Series, Wilderness Experience, Ferry ride up fjord-like Lake Chelan, Forest Trails, Wildlife Viewing, Stunning Scenery, Natural History Interpretation, Birdwatching, Hiking in the North Cascades, Alpine Wildflowers, Wilderness areas, Kayaking on Lake Chelan, Remote, Scenic Lodging, Washington's North Cascade Mountains, Nature Photography, Waterfalls, Delicious Meals