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The Gorge Creek Bridge (completed in 1955) has a metal grate walkway, so you can see 200 feet down to the creek below (this is not one that is enjoyed by people that are leery of heights). In 2003, major flooding changed this area. A massive flash flood ripped out several trees and very large boulders that were adjacent to Gorge Creek Falls, and created a gravel bar in the gorge where Gorge Creek enters Gorge Lake. Pictures from before and after the flood revealed high water marks 50 feet above the canyon floor. #wheresbuddybisonbeen #buddybison #buddysofinstagram #buddybisonadventures #ourbuddybison #BuddyBisonsofInstagram #PacificNorthwestBuddyBison #EvergreenStateBuddyBison #FindYourPark #NationalParkService #NCascadesNPS #NOCA50 #GorgeCreek #GorgeLake #GorgeOverlookTrail
Gorge Creek Falls plunges 242 feet into Gorge Creek Canyon shortly before the Gorge Creek reaches Gorge Lake. There are five distinct sections to the falls, which are fed by runoff. The best flow for the falls usually occurs from March to July. #wheresbuddybisonbeen #buddybison #buddysofinstagram #buddybisonadventures #ourbuddybison #BuddyBisonsofInstagram #PacificNorthwestBuddyBison #EvergreenStateBuddyBison #FindYourPark #NationalParkService #NCascadesNPS #NOCA50 #GorgeCreekFalls #GorgeOverlookTrail
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Gorge Creek Falls plunges 242 feet into Gorge Creek Canyon shortly before the Gorge Creek reaches Gorge Lake. There are five distinct sections to the falls, which are fed by runoff. The best flow for the falls usually occurs from March to July. #wheresbuddybisonbeen #buddybison #buddysofinstagram #buddybisonadventures #ourbuddybison #BuddyBisonsofInstagram #PacificNorthwestBuddyBison #EvergreenStateBuddyBison #FindYourPark #NationalParkService #NCascadesNPS #NOCA50 #GorgeCreekFalls #GorgeOverlookTrail
Colonial Peak epitomizes the North Cascades range. Colonial's metamorphic rocks defy the elements, although glaciers continue to grind away at it. Ice aged glaciers carved away its summit and deep cirque basins. #wheresbuddybisonbeen #buddybison #buddysofinstagram #buddybisonadventures #ourbuddybison #BuddyBisonsofInstagram #PacificNorthwestBuddyBison #EvergreenStateBuddyBison #FindYourPark #NationalParkService #NCascadesNPS #NOCA50 #RossLakeNRA
The water in Diablo Lake has a unique blue-green appearance due to "rock flour". This a fine silt suspended in the water that is carried down into the lake from glaciers grinding rocks against rocks down streams. The rock flour at Diablo Lake is a very beautiful change from the silver/grey sediment that we have seen in other glacial fed streams. #wheresbuddybisonbeen #buddybison #buddysofinstagram #buddybisonadventures #ourbuddybison #BuddyBisonsofInstagram #PacificNorthwestBuddyBison #EvergreenStateBuddyBison #FindYourPark #NationalParkService #NCascadesNPS #NOCA50 #RossLakeNRA
Between Ross Dam and Diablo Lake is Sourdough Mountain (on the right of this picture). At the summit of Sourdough was one of the first "lookout" points established by the U.S. Forest Service in 1915. Glee Davis built the original lookout in 1917. "Bush" Osborne chose this location to test his fire locating device. The Osborne Firefinder soon became standard equipment in lookouts. #wheresbuddybisonbeen #buddybison #buddysofinstagram #buddybisonadventures #ourbuddybison #BuddyBisonsofInstagram #PacificNorthwestBuddyBison #EvergreenStateBuddyBison #FindYourPark #NationalParkService #NCascadesNPS #NOCA50 #RossLakeNRA
Ross Lake NRA follows the Skagit River corridor from the Canada–US border to the western foothills of the Cascades. The NRA contains a portion of scenic Washington State Route 20, the North Cascades Highway, and includes three reservoirs: Ross Lake, Diablo Lake, and Gorge Lake. Named after James D. Ross, the superintendent of Seattle City Light's Skagit River Hydoroelectric Project which built Ross Dam, the Ross Lake NRA bisects the north and south units of North Cascades National Park. #wheresbuddybisonbeen #buddybison #buddysofinstagram #buddybisonadventures #ourbuddybison #BuddyBisonsofInstagram #PacificNorthwestBuddyBison #EvergreenStateBuddyBison #FindYourPark #NationalParkService #NCascadesNPS #NOCA50 #RossLakeNRA
The Pacific Crest Trail spans 2,650 miles between Canada and Mexico, going through Washington, Oregon, and California. The trail crosses over 57 major mountain passes, and goes through 19 major canyons. We saw the trail as it crossed Highway 20 at Rainy Pass in Washington. #wheresbuddybisonbeen #buddybison #buddysofinstagram #buddybisonadventures #ourbuddybison #BuddyBisonsofInstagram #PacificNorthwestBuddyBison #EvergreenStateBuddyBison #FindYourPark #NationalParkService #NCascadesNPS #NOCA50 #NorthCascadesSmokejumperBase #USForestService #USDA
Liberty Bell Mountain has a peak at 7720 feet, and was first climbed in 1946 by Fred Beckey and two others. When they first climbed the mountain, they had to hike 17 miles before starting the climb. Today, the mountain is a short hike from the highway, and has become one of the most popular climbs in the United States. #wheresbuddybisonbeen #buddybison #buddysofinstagram #buddybisonadventures #ourbuddybison #BuddyBisonsofInstagram #PacificNorthwestBuddyBison #EvergreenStateBuddyBison #FindYourPark #NationalParkService #NCascadesNPS #NOCA50 #NorthCascadesSmokejumperBase #USForestService #USDA
At Washington Pass, there is a view of Early Winters Creek and the Early Winters Valley. Washington Pass was formed when the Early Winters glacier broke through a ridge and captured the head of the State Creek glacier. The combined glacier moved around a sharp bend in Early Winters Creek, and gouged deeply into the valley floor. The gouge separated the two glaciers, and the low ridge that was formed is Washington Pass. #wheresbuddybisonbeen #buddybison #buddysofinstagram #buddybisonadventures #ourbuddybison #BuddyBisonsofInstagram #PacificNorthwestBuddyBison #EvergreenStateBuddyBison #FindYourPark #NationalParkService #NCascadesNPS #NOCA50
Highway 20 makes up the North Cascades Scenic Highway, which is part of the Cascade Loop. The highway is usually open from early May until avalanches close the highway usually in late November or mid-December. #wheresbuddybisonbeen #buddybison #buddysofinstagram #buddybisonadventures #ourbuddybison #BuddyBisonsofInstagram #PacificNorthwestBuddyBison #EvergreenStateBuddyBison #FindYourPark #NationalParkService #NCascadesNPS #NOCA50 #NorthCascadesSmokejumperBase #USForestService #USDA
Although there is no National Park Passport stamp at the North Cascades Smokejumper Base, they do have a Smokey Bear stamp. They shared some fun Smokey Bear items with us, and this is a great place for both kids and adults to visit! #wheresbuddybisonbeen #buddybison #buddysofinstagram #buddybisonadventures #ourbuddybison #BuddyBisonsofInstagram #PacificNorthwestBuddyBison #EvergreenStateBuddyBison #FindYourPark #NationalParkService #NCascadesNPS #NOCA50 #NorthCascadesSmokejumperBase #USForestService #USDA #passporttonationalparks
The plane used by the North Cascades Smokejumpers is a CASA C-212 Aviocar. It is a short takeoff and landing medium cargo aircraft built in Spain for civil and military use. This particular model of aircraft gained popularity among skydivers and smokejumpers due to its rear ramp. #wheresbuddybisonbeen #buddybison #buddysofinstagram #buddybisonadventures #ourbuddybison #BuddyBisonsofInstagram #PacificNorthwestBuddyBison #EvergreenStateBuddyBison #FindYourPark #NationalParkService #NCascadesNPS #NOCA50 #NorthCascadesSmokejumperBase #USForestService #USDA
Posted in the shop are fire fighting orders for the smokejumpers. With the training and experience they receive during their time as smokejumpers, these fire fighters become great leaders. Their expertise and leadership are leveraged during larger fire events, where they can quickly step in to lead other fire fighting groups battling wildfires and forest fires. #wheresbuddybisonbeen #buddybison #buddysofinstagram #buddybisonadventures #ourbuddybison #BuddyBisonsofInstagram #PacificNorthwestBuddyBison #EvergreenStateBuddyBison #FindYourPark #NationalParkService #NCascadesNPS #NOCA50 #NorthCascadesSmokejumperBase #USForestService #USDA
The weight of the equipment that Smokejumpers use quickly adds up to over 100 lbs. They exit the plane with gear that will allow them to parachute into less than ideal areas for landing. They work hard to avoid getting snagged in a tree on the way down, but it can happen (and when it does happen, the other team members tease the person that got tree'd after they make it to safety). They carry gear to allow them to free themselves and repel down tall trees. After assessing the situation on the ground, the plane drops cargo that will be helpful for them to fight the fire. #wheresbuddybisonbeen #buddybison #buddysofinstagram #buddybisonadventures #ourbuddybison #BuddyBisonsofInstagram #PacificNorthwestBuddyBison #EvergreenStateBuddyBison #FindYourPark #NationalParkService #NCascadesNPS #NOCA50 #NorthCascadesSmokejumperBase #USForestService #USDA
When the request comes in for the Smokejumpers, a jumper has two minutes to suit up in their protective gear and jump equipment. Once suited up, each jumper undergoes a safety check to ensure that the gear is worn safely and correctly before they get onto the plane. The goal is to be flying towards the fire within 15 minutes of the dispatch call. #wheresbuddybisonbeen #buddybison #buddysofinstagram #buddybisonadventures #ourbuddybison #BuddyBisonsofInstagram #PacificNorthwestBuddyBison #EvergreenStateBuddyBison #FindYourPark #NationalParkService #NCascadesNPS #NOCA50 #NorthCascadesSmokejumperBase #USForestService #USDA
The North Cascades Smokejumper Base has been on the site at Methow Valley State Airport for nearly 80 years. When faced with the possiblity of moving the base, local leaders have fought to keep it in the Methow Valley. A Forest Service analysis of the base expressed concerns of how close three structures are to the runway, and the age of the buildings. The FAA recommends the removal of the parachute loft, an administration building, and a saw maintenance building, but local officials are prepared to fight to keep the base at its current site. #wheresbuddybisonbeen #buddybison #buddysofinstagram #buddybisonadventures #ourbuddybison #BuddyBisonsofInstagram #PacificNorthwestBuddyBison #EvergreenStateBuddyBison #FindYourPark #NationalParkService #NCascadesNPS #NOCA50 #NorthCascadesSmokejumperBase #USForestService #USDA
The North Cascades Smokejumper Base is located in Winthop, Washington. Tours are available during the fire season, which is typically June 1st to October 1st. This base is one of nine primary locations in the western United States and Alaska, and provides the initial fire attack for the forests of central and northern Washington State. #wheresbuddybisonbeen #buddybison #buddysofinstagram #buddybisonadventures #ourbuddybison #BuddyBisonsofInstagram #PacificNorthwestBuddyBison #EvergreenStateBuddyBison #FindYourPark #NationalParkService #NCascadesNPS #NOCA50 #NorthCascadesSmokejumperBase #USForestService #USDA
"Earth and sky, woods and fields, lakes and rivers, the mountain and the sea, are excellent schoolmasters, and teach some of us more than we can ever learn from books." —Sir John Lubbock . . What better teacher to give you perspective than a beautiful stretch of trail in the North Cascades? We came back to this particular stretch three times in 2018—once for a snowy backpack and twice for dayhikes. The first two trips were clouded in and the views I knew were there never materialized. On this beautiful September day, the skies were open and fall colors beginning to show. We were treated to blueberries, marmots, and a mountain goat. It was a reminder to not give up on places (or people). Sometimes they are just not quite ready (when you are) to show you their beauty. . . #northcascadesnationalpark #northcascades #washington #northcascadesnp #nps #findyourpark #ideclare #washingtontrails #pnw #pnwonderland #explore #outdoors #hiking #wanderlust #choosemountains #pnwoutdoorwomen #splendid_mountains #themountainsarecalling #mountainlove #mountainviews #getoutdoors #findyourpark #nwexposure2018 #noca50 #womenwhohike #2018memories
At the Golden West Visitor Center, there is a nice display that shows the topography of the area. While at the visitor center, we learned about the history of Stehekin. In 1927, the Chalen Dam was completed at the opposite end of the lake. The 40 foot dam caused the lake to rise approximately 10 feet at Stehekin. Across the lake from the small town, petroglyphs were discovered, and are now only visible from boat due to the higher water levels. #wheresbuddybisonbeen #buddybison #buddysofinstagram #buddybisonadventures #ourbuddybison #BuddyBisonsofInstagram #PacificNorthwestBuddyBison #EvergreenStateBuddyBison #FindYourPark #NationalParkService #Lake_Chelan #VisitLakeChelan #LakeChelanNRA #NCascadesNPS #NOCA50
The Golden West Visitor Center was built from lumber salvaged from the Field Hotel when its site was flooded by the Chelan Dam. Operated as a lodge for many years, the Golden West was converted into a visitor center in 1972. It was renovated in 2002, and became home to the NPS Ranger Station as well as the Visitor Center. #wheresbuddybisonbeen #buddybison #buddysofinstagram #buddybisonadventures #ourbuddybison #BuddyBisonsofInstagram #PacificNorthwestBuddyBison #EvergreenStateBuddyBison #FindYourPark #NationalParkService #Lake_Chelan #VisitLakeChelan #LakeChelanNRA #NCascadesNPS #NOCA50
There are some nice views along the Lakeshore Trail on Lake Chelan. The lake is a classic example of an oligotrophic body of water -- deep, cold, and nutrient poor. It is largest natural lake in Washington, and a depth of 1486 feet at its deepest point, it is one of the deepest lakes in the United States. #wheresbuddybisonbeen #buddybison #buddysofinstagram #buddybisonadventures #ourbuddybison #BuddyBisonsofInstagram #PacificNorthwestBuddyBison #EvergreenStateBuddyBison #FindYourPark #NationalParkService #Lake_Chelan #VisitLakeChelan #LakeChelanNRA #NCascadesNPS #NOCA50
Rainbow Creek is formed by melting snows in the subalpine meadows near Rainbow Lake. After traveling 6.5 miles down the mountainsides, the creek plunges 312 feet here at Rainbow falls. The character of the falls changes with the seasons. High volume snowmelt in the spring turns the falls into a raging torrent, while during the summer dry periods the water volume decreases. In the winter, the falls are sometimes turned to a giant icicle. The falls are pictured here during the late summer dry period. #wheresbuddybisonbeen #buddybison #buddysofinstagram #buddybisonadventures #ourbuddybison #BuddyBisonsofInstagram #PacificNorthwestBuddyBison #EvergreenStateBuddyBison #FindYourPark #NationalParkService #Lake_Chelan #VisitLakeChelan #LakeChelanNRA #NCascadesNPS #NOCA50
Merry Christmas everyone! During our visit to Stehekin, the sunset was over the Stehekin River Valley, which drains southeast from the Cascade Pass to the head of Lake Chelan. #wheresbuddybisonbeen #buddybison #buddysofinstagram #buddybisonadventures #ourbuddybison #BuddyBisonsofInstagram #PacificNorthwestBuddyBison #EvergreenStateBuddyBison #FindYourPark #NationalParkService #Lake_Chelan #VisitLakeChelan #LakeChelanNRA #NCascadesNPS #NOCA50
At the National Parks, we come across the white and green National Park Service trucks, but in Stehekin, there are National Park Service boats! On Lake Chelan, there are four boat-in camps, which have a total of 30 campsites. The largest of these camps is Weaver Point, which is across from Stehekin Landing. #wheresbuddybisonbeen #buddybison #buddysofinstagram #buddybisonadventures #ourbuddybison #BuddyBisonsofInstagram #PacificNorthwestBuddyBison #EvergreenStateBuddyBison #FindYourPark #NationalParkService #Lake_Chelan #VisitLakeChelan #LakeChelanNRA #NCascadesNPS #NOCA50
The Native American word "Stehekin" loosely translates as "the way through". Archeological evidence indicates that pre-historic and historic Indians used the lake, Stehekin valley, and Cascade Pass as a trade route with west side tribes. Today, the majority of the homes in the Stehekin area are privately owned summer cabins, but approximately 100 people live in the valley year round. With no road access to the Stehekin Valley, all freight, groceries, and supplies come in by boat or plane. Barges bring cars and gasoline for the 25 miles of roads within the valley, as well as heavy items such as appliances and building materials. #wheresbuddybisonbeen #buddybison #buddysofinstagram #buddybisonadventures #ourbuddybison #BuddyBisonsofInstagram #PacificNorthwestBuddyBison #EvergreenStateBuddyBison #FindYourPark #NationalParkService #Lake_Chelan #VisitLakeChelan #LakeChelanNRA #NCascadesNPS #NOCA50
As we celebrate the Winter Solstice, and once again turn the corner to more light in our days, I can’t help but think of being on this ridge and am thankful to be one step closer to beautiful summer days in the North Cascades. Happy Solstice! . . #northcascadesnationalpark #northcascades #washington #northcascadesnp #nps #findyourpark #ideclare #washingtontrails #pnw #pnwonderland #explore #outdoors #hiking #wanderlust #choosemountains #pnwoutdoorwomen #splendid_mountains #themountainsarecalling #mountainlove #mountainviews #getoutdoors #findyourpark #nwexposure2018 #noca50 #womenwhohike #wintersolstice #wintersolstice2018
There are certain sections of trail that hold a place in my heart and this is one of them. It simply is inviting and breathtaking in every way, and associated with many fond memories. As we celebrate the Winter Solstice, and once again turn the corner to more light in our days, I can’t help but think of being on this ridge and am thankful to be one step closer to beautiful summer days in the North Cascades. Happy Solstice! . . #northcascadesnationalpark #northcascades #washington #northcascadesnp #nps #findyourpark #ideclare #washingtontrails #pnw #pnwonderland #explore #outdoors #hiking #wanderlust #choosemountains #pnwoutdoorwomen #splendid_mountains #themountainsarecalling #mountainlove #mountainviews #getoutdoors #findyourpark #nwexposure2018 #noca50 #womenwhohike #wintersolstice #wintersolstice2018
Following our visit to Whitman Mission National Historic Site, we went to Chelan. From Chelan it is a 50 mile (2 1/2 hour) boat ride to Stehekin. During the ride between Chelan and Stehekin, we were able to enjoy the scenery of the Okanogan-Wentachee National Forest, Glacier Peak Wilderness, and Lake Chelan Sawtooth Wilderness. #wheresbuddybisonbeen #buddybison #buddysofinstagram #buddybisonadventures #ourbuddybison #BuddyBisonsofInstagram #PacificNorthwestBuddyBison #EvergreenStateBuddyBison #FindYourPark #NationalParkService #Lake_Chelan #VisitLakeChelan #Okanogan -WentacheeNationalForest #GlacierPeakWilderness #LakeChelan -SawtoothWilderness #LakeChelanNRA #NCascadesNPS #NOCA50
scott_kranz - Although I’ve been celebrating all season long, today is the day. It was on this day 50 years ago – Oct. 2, 1968 – LBJ signed the enabling legislation for North Cascades NP, establishing its status and protection as one of our country’s great national parks. So grateful to have discovered mountains for myself here in this special park and rugged range. Happy 50th birthday @ncascadesnps ! #northcascades #noca50 #nc50peaks #4togo - #regrann
The autumn transition continues in the North Cascades...... . . . #noca50 #northcascadesnationalpark #autumn #glaciers #northcascades
Eldorado is probably a bit snowier than this right now, but a couple weeks ago there was the always great mix of fall colors and a dusting. . . . . #fall #noca50 #northcascadesnationalpark #skagit #northcascades
Here's the full west arete of Eldorado, in case you were wondering. It's the left buttress and is about 2000' tall. Start early! . . . . #noca50 #northcascadesnationalpark #moderatealpinism #skagit #northcascades #climbing #cascadeclimbers
A close up of the lower half of the west arete of Eldorado. It is a grand adventure and the scene of my only unplanned bivouac, just above this frame. Nothing serious, we were just slow. But it was September and the long, cold night with no water, tied in on a small ledge was quite memorable! Anyone else have a vivid memory of this route? . . . #noca50 #northcascadesnationalpark #northcascades #unplannedbivy #skagit #cascadeclimbers
A unforgettable sunrise en route to an unforgettable climb . . . NOCA has never disappointed me. Humbling. . . . . . . #brooksrangemountaineering #noca50 #choosemountains #ourpnw #morninglight #cascades #doradoneedle #upperleftusa #ilovewashington #optoutside #olymountaineers
Some classic climbs in a classic setting in this frame. Who has tangled with these faces high above Marble Creek Cirque? . . … . #noca50 #northcascadesnationalpark #skagit #cascadeclimbers #moderatealpinism #northcascades
TBT. Some recent photos by @scott_kranz and @coltonandrewjacobs looking over at the north side of Whatcom peak reminded me what a grand adventure the north ridge is. 2007 . . . #noca50 #ncnp #northcascades #northcascadesnationalpark #moderatealpinism #magicskagit #mountaineering #climbing
The yin and yang of the North Cascades in two parts.... Part I: Triumph . . . . #triumph #northcascades #noca50 #skagit #cascadeclimbers
Entering the Great Gash, my first thought was, "this is steeper than your typical moderate route". Well, probably more like "Yikes, glad @therunningdog is leading this!" . . . #deepthoughts #moderatealpinism #northcascadesnationalpark #noca50 #chossdawgmillionaires
Midway up the ramp "scramble" on the south face of Inspiration. I don't have many pictures of the climb, which typically means I was focused on not screwing up. Thankfully I didn't. . . . . #pickets #moderatealpinism #climbing #noca50 #northcascades #northcascadesnationalpark #chossdawgmillionaires
The South face of Inspiration is worth the walk. Improbable, steep, and intimidating. Thanks to @therunningdog for a grand adventure a few weeks back. . . . . #noca50 #northcascadesnationalpark #northcascades #moderatealpinism #chossdawgmillionaires #skagit
Before September, it had been a decade since I'd visited the Southern Pickets. It's gotten a lot busier. On some summer weekends there are no permits left, which was hard for me to grasp. But then I woke up to this, and it didn't seem so hard to believe. . . . . #northcascadesnationalpark #noca50 #pickets #whyichoss #magicskagit #northcascades
Happy belated birthday to this wild and rugged place.
Visited this beauty on its 49th birthday, and here we are a year later celebrating its nifty fifty 🎂 🎉
Today is the 50th anniversary of the establishment of the North Cascades National park, one of my personal favorite places on earth. Much of the park is very difficult to access and that’s part of what I love about it. The effort put into getting to places like this makes the view that much sweeter! . . . . #lovemyncascades #NOCA50 #pnw #pnwonderland #upperleftusa #northwest #optoutside #letscamp
Happy 50th birthday to the North Cascades National Park! If I could pick only one place to hike for the rest of my life, without competition, it would be you. There is nothing like looking out at your gorgeous expanse on a summer ridge hike and admiring the tenacity and diversity of the wildlife that make a home with you. . . Here’s to 50 years (and many more) of preserving and protecting these precious lands. . . #northcascadesnationalpark #northcascades #happybirthday #washington #northcascadesnp #nps #findyourpark #ideclare #washingtontrails #pnw #pnwonderland #explore #outdoors #hiking #wanderlust #choosemountains #pnwoutdoorwomen #splendid_mountains #themountainsarecalling #mountainlove #mountainviews #getoutdoors #findyourpark #nwexposure2018 #noca50
50 years ago, North Cascades National Park was established. Because of this human construct - you know, of designating land as a National Park - logging was curtailed, invasive tourist attractions weren’t built, and roads were kept to a minimum. I’m thankful for this place’s protection. I’m thankful for its wildness. Happy Birthday NOCA! * * Two teeny-tiny climbers on the Ptarmigan Traverse.
Although I’ve been celebrating all season long, today is the day. It was on this day 50 years ago – Oct. 2, 1968 – LBJ signed the enabling legislation for North Cascades NP, establishing its status and protection as one of our country’s great national parks. So grateful to have discovered mountains for myself here in this special park and rugged range. Happy 50th birthday @ncascadesnps ! #northcascades #noca50 #nc50peaks #4togo
Somebody told me that it’s your birthday today. Happy Birthday, North Cascades! You don’t look a day over 29. #nofilter #pnwonderland #noca50
#Repost @ncascades with @get_repost ・・・ Today we are so thrilled to celebrate a huge milestone—the North Cascades National Park turns 50!! We are incredibly fortunate to call this special place home, and we are grateful to those who fought so hard to protect it. Now we look forward to discovering what the park’s next 50 years will look like! #NorthCascadesLove #NOCA50
Happy 50th @ncascadesnps !! One of the least visited national parks in America , but not for lack of beauty! Thankful for the Park Rangers who track you down when you forget to call your mother 😂 (pic 4 enjoy) // #NOCA50
Challenger Glacier, North Cascades National Park. Today is the day. Fifty years ago President Lyndon Johnson signed North Cascades National Park into law. Link to story in bio.
The North Cascades are a special place. From the turquoise alpine lakes, and meadows teaming with wildflowers, to the rocky hillsides filled with squeaking pikas, the lush forests of Douglas firs and western red cedars, and the jagged, glaciated mountain tops, I am constantly in awe of magic in these mountains. I am grateful for the moments spent here—picking thimbleberries and blueberries trailside, struggling up steep slopes, reaching my destination and filling my lungs with crisp mountain air! I’m grateful for the adventures with friends and the memories we’ve shared here. Today is the 50th anniversary of the North Cascades National Park, so thank you to those who fought to protect and conserve this wild and beautiful place. It has a piece of my heart and I consider it to be home. #NorthCascadesLove #NOCA50 #pnw #northcascadesnationalpark #mountainmagic
50 years ago today this group of towering peaks and massive glaciers hiding away in the northern half of Washington became an official National Park. I’m a huge fan. • • Two years ago yesterday, @afrankee and I bailed off a climb in the park because it started snowing, yet we somehow still managed to get this view from a NCNP classic.
Today we are so thrilled to celebrate a huge milestone—the North Cascades National Park turns 50!! We are incredibly fortunate to call this special place home, and we are grateful to those who fought so hard to protect it. Now we look forward to discovering what the park’s next 50 years will look like! #NorthCascadesLove #NOCA50
Happy 50th birthday to our favorite national park, the majestic @NCascadesNPS ! We are so lucky to be surrounded by your incredible beauty! #FindYourPark #NOCAig #NOCA50
Summer is over, and the rains have returned, but maybe the heat and smoke wasn't THAT bad? Actually, I think it was, but it did make for some interesting light. . . . . #noca50 #pickets #northcascadesnationalpark #theskag #ncnp
Sunrise, high above the upper Skagit. . . . . #magicskagit #noca50 #northcascadesnationalpark #sunrise #d750
This photo required more work than you might realize. So it probably means more to me than to you. But that's the funny part about photography, and why I won't be quitting my day job any time soon! . . . . #noca50 #ncnp #triumph #nikon #northcascadesnationalpark #night #stars #magicskagit #bigdipper
On a nice day, it's painful to leave the subalpine. @cfire1222 feeling the pain. . . . #noca50 #northcascadesnationalpark #northcascades
Thornton peak may be shorter than Triumph, but I think it has a better view. . . . #northcascadesnationalpark #noca50 #northcascades #magicskagit #scramble #chossdawgmillionaires
Better set that tent fly up @cfire1222. You have one, right? . . . . #northcascadesnationalpark #mountaineering #magicskagit #noca50 #northcascades
Looks like summer is going to be making a belated comeback this week.
Celebrate this first weekend of fall with us! We have a few spots left for Sunday's Diablo Lake and Lunch Tour! Enjoy nature, eat a delicious lunch and spend the rest of the afternoon watching the #Seahawks beat the Cowboys! Register at http://skagittours.com 📷: @rawfocusco #pnwonderland #seeskagit #SkagitTours #NOCA50 #northcascades #NOCAig #fallfeeling #GoHawks
1 of 4 shifts in a row today, but feeling laid back with my mind on the mountains and the mountains on my mind. Haha, who knows this song reference?! Also, to all you PNW adventurers out there, especially my adventurous gal pals, let’s hang! I promise I’m fun and always have good SNAAACKS! . . . . #thehungryadventures #herPNWlife #pnwoutdoorwomen #PNWOW #pnwonderland #upperleftusa #thatpnwlife #westcoastbestcoast #OurPNW #optoutside #washingtontrails #igers_seattle #shotoniphone #shemovesmountains #getoutstayout #choosemountains #americathebeautiful #greatoutdoors #wildwomen #goatworthy #welivetoexplore #keepitwild #northcascades #lovemyncascades #NOCA50 #NOCAig
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