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North Cascades National Park


North Cascades National Park is primarily a protected wilderness area.  We actually did not enter the park during the day we spent there because you can only get in there if you hike 10-30 miles.  From a distance the mountains are beautiful.  Although they are only on the order of 7000 to 8000 feet they have many glaciers due to the abundance of rain and snow coming off the ocean.  The park is split by two national recreation areas that contain 3 reservoirs.  These reservoirs and dams supply the electricity for Seattle.  The water is beautiful glacial runoff, but the fact that they are manmade leaves you looking for lakes that are natural.  The only road runs through these recreation areas and along the three lakes. 

Again, the National Park is all about wilderness and protecting that wilderness.  That's fine but there is very little of it that can be seen by visitors.

To view the Cascade Photo Album click on this link.