THE NORTH CASCADES
As John Muir aptly described the Eastern Sierras of California as the "Range of Light", pioneering climber and Northwest icon, Fred Beckey described the North Cascades as the "Range of Glaciers".
North Cascades National Park is indeed a land of glaciers and rugged peaks, one of the wildest and least accessible of America's Parks. Few trails penetrate the brush choked valleys, and only rough climbers paths lead to the glaciers and the high country.
The greater North Cascades region, however, is more than the Park. The Ross Lake National Recreation Area; the Mt Baker, Pasayten, and Lake Chelan-Sawtooth Wilderness Areas; the Mount Baker-Snoqualmie and Okanogan National Forests all provide opportunities for those in search of wildness to experience this magnificent landscape.