Jagged peaks, cascading waterfalls, and over 300 glaciers adorn the North Cascades National Park Service Complex. Use #NOCAig to be re-grammed!

Do fishers need a passport? It doesn’t matter where you are from, it matters where you are going. Make way for the B.C. fishers’ genetically similar brother, the Alberta fisher! The reintroduced fishers into the North Cascades are from Alberta, Canada. Previous releases obtained fishers in British Columbia, Canada. Because of an unprecedented number of large fires in central British Columbia, in the exact area where they have captured most of the fishers for reintroduction, there was concern about the health of the population and the impacts of trapping and removing animals. The population in eastern British Columbia is contiguous with fishers found in Alberta, and the animals are genetically similar enough that both areas are acceptable source populations for the Cascades. The fishers arrive at the Abbotsford Airport for travel to the North Cascades for release. 📷: Conservation Northwest #ncascadeswild #noca #ncascades #conservation #wildlifeconservation
Welcome home, fishers! Five more fishers were released in the North Cascades on the Mt. Baker-Snoqualmie National Forest yesterday. They join the six released in Newhalem last week and one yesterday. That’s 12 fishers restored to the North Cascades! #wild #ncascades #noca #conservation #pnwwonderland #ncascadelife #ncascadesfishers
Don't be a meadow stomper! Which trail is the real trail, the left or right one? It's the one on the left. It's the more heavily impacted trail and clearly connects with the main trail. The other trail is blocked by rocks and looks like plants have been crushed. When the trails get muddy, hikers often step on fragile heather meadows surrounding trails to avoid muddy boots. The result - fragile wooden stems of the heather plants are crushed and die in the short growing season and two trails are formed. Help us protect this fragile ecosystem by staying on the main trail and getting your boots a little muddy! [Photo description: A trail winds through a meadow with mountains peaks in the background.] #hike #climb #noca #meadows #hitthetrail #lnt
Rainbow Falls: The falls is a marvel. A steep mountain creek of churning white water full to overflowing with a winter’s worth of snowmelt. It cascades, each bubble or piece of froth distinct, tumbling without hurry, surging, pulled over the cliff’s edge and into empty space by the same rule of gravity that wants to keep feet, paws and claws firmly against the ground. While water floats into cedar-scented space it divides into drops – thousands - and divides again and again - millions and millions of drops. Every drop makes a sound against the air, a tiny flutter, a little wing beat with all the wing sounds making the sound of a shimmering wind. Dropping for hundreds of feet, each fluttering wing descends into a pool at the base of the falls, punching the pool’s surface with a sound against the water that touches the ear like a pebble falling to the floor, uncountable pebbles becoming a roll of thunder that doesn’t stop.
What is happening to these trees?! Is it disease? A beetle? A prune-happy arborist? The answer is none of the above! Often found perched high atop rocky peaks, flag trees--also called banner trees--can clue park visitors in to which way the wind usually blows. Much the same as how water in the form of rivers and glaciers have shaped the landscape of the North Cascades, the winds blowing up the Skagit River Valley can shape the plant life found in the park. These trees located on the Diablo Lake Overlook are constantly exposed to a fierce wind blowing in from the west. That wind kills off branches on the windward side of the tree, leaving branches in the leeward side free to thrive as these trees cling on to the rocky cliff above Diablo Lake. This process gives the trees the appearance of flags or banners flapping in the breeze. No matter how the wind blows at the overlook throughout the years, these trees find a way. Where else in the park have you seen evidence of wind affecting life? [Image description: Five trees with branches growing on the right side of each tree. Asphalt path in the foreground, a tree-covered mountain in the background.] NPS/A. Killion photo
A young western red cedar grows from the nurse log of a much older tree of the same species, giving this stump a second life. The opportunity to nourish the next generation of growth in the forest is an example of the life cycle in nature makes use of everything available. . . . . #NOCA50 #Hike #LakeChelan #NPS #Stehekin #PNW #WanderWashington #PNWonderland #NCascadesNPS #backpacking #pct #noca #ncascades #northcascades #pacificnorthwest #pnwhikers #leavenotrace #pnwlife #washingtonstate #cascades
Here at the North Cascades, we care about our ecosystem--and sometimes, taking care of it necessitates a little adventure. Here, a member of the Exotic Plant Management Team (EPMT) rappels down a cliff to treat scotch broom with herbicide. This plant threatens the biodiversity of the ecosystem by taking over native vegetation and altering the habitat available to wildlife. But you don't need technical rope skills to help prevent the spread of non-native species! Visitors can help by ensuring that gear and equipment are free of plant material before using in a new environment. [Image description: A man wearing a helmet and gloves rappels down a cliff above a grassy field.] NPS/M. Berkey photo
Lake Chelan is often compared to a fjord and from up here it's easy to see why! Like a fjord, Lake Chelan was carved out by the slow scraping of glaciers. The steep walls and gently sloping basin form a U-shaped valley that would tip off any geologist to its glacial origins. However, while fjord-like, Lake Chelan sits at about 1100 feet above sea level and does not have an outlet to the ocean; this is a key characteristic of a fjord. . . . . . . #NOCA50 #Hike #LakeChelan #NPS #Stehekin #PNW #WanderWashington #PNWonderland #NCascadesNPS #pct #noca #ncascades #northcascades #pacificnorthwest #pnwhikers #pnwlife #washingtonstate #cascades #goelogy #fjord #fjordlife
Attention hikers and backpackers: If headed to the park to hike some trails, keep an eye out. Missing person: Casey Zippro was last seen on June 16 around 2 pm in the area of Colonial Creek Campground. Casey was last seen wearing a light green jacket, denim jeans, white/black ball cap, and a light gray sleeveless “UnderArmour” brand shirt. If you have information that could help locate this missing person, or if you were in the area of Thunder Creek/Colonial Creek Campground on June 16-17, 2018, please contact us: CALL or TEXT the ISB Tip Line 888-653-0009.
The House that Jack built, now a local craft shop, is located in Stehekin next to the Golden West Visitors Center. Who is Jack? Jack Blankenship was the first US Forest Service ranger in Stehekin. He was responsible for naming many of the peaks surrounding the valley. In 1920 Jack quit working for the Forest Service to become the last manager of the Hotel Field. In 1926 the level of Lake Chelan rose by 21 feet as a result of the hydroelectric dam built in Chelan. The hotel had to be torn down, with many parts being salvaged for the construction of the Golden West Lodge. The House that Jack built was also relocated from behind the Hotel Field to its current location. The original use is unknown. . . . . #NOCA50 #Hike #LakeChelan #NPS #Stehekin #PNW #WanderWashington #PNWonderland #NCascadesNPS #backpacking #pct #noca #ncascades #northcascades #pacificnorthwest #pnwhikers #pnwlife #shoplocal #cabin #washingtonstate #cascades
"To be a climber, one has to accept that gratification is rarely immediate." Bernadette McDonald The same lesson learned by alpine climbers persistently pushing towards the summit is also relevant to those of us who prefer to hike to the subalpine on a trail: all our patience waiting for the snow to melt will be rewarded with clear switchbacks to colorful meadows and sweeping views. Soon. In the meantime, please be aware that most hikes above 4-5,000 feet still are covered in snow and will require mountaineering gear and route-finding skills for quite a while. If you're hoping to hike a trail, it's a good idea to check in with a ranger for current conditions. This page of the park website contains phone numbers and hours of visitor and information centers: Remember: our patience will be rewarded. Soon. #FindYourPark #NPWest #Hurryupandmeltalready #noactuallysnowpackisagoodthing #stillimpatient [Image Description: A lone figure hikes up a snowfield towards a jagged peak.] NPS/Bender photo
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