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The last thing any diehard road tripper wants to do is get stuck sitting in the car for hours on end. The whole point of taking a road trip isn't just to see pretty scenery from the car--it's to get out and explore! Whether your thing is touring historic barns, hiking epic ridgelines or photographing wildlife, the Cascade Loop has got a LOT to keep you busy!

North Cascades National Park Hikes Hiking

Know Which Permits/Passes to Take

Most State and Federally operated public lands (parks, trails, forests, wildlife preserves, etc.) will require that you purchase and display the correct permit or pass during your visit. To determine which permits or passes you need, consider if the land says it is State or Federal/National.

Know How to Follow The Rules

Hiking is just like most every other activity or sport—there are unwritten rules that when followed, make the experience much more fun for everyone. And likewise, when not followed, can either drive people crazy or in the worst case scenario, be dangerous. Because we’re in the business of inviting folks from all over the world to come and join us on the trail we figure we would be remiss if we didn’t give folks a few pointers. Take a moment to review Hiking Etiquette before you hit the trails!

Explore the Great Outdoors
Farms & Barns
Nothing delivers a sense of place like spending a little time visiting the farms that produce the local foods and products that each of our region's are known for.
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Fishing
The Cascade Loop is home to a LOT of rivers, lakes, streams and the Puget Sound--fish on!
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Gardens
Spending time in a gardens is a wonderful way to grab some fresh air, sunshine and quiet time to reflect
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Winter Adventures
Winter on the Loop means warm fires, snowy treks, foggy waterfront views and lots of fun!
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Wildlife
All manner of animals live in the natural areas surrounding the Cascade Loop. Photo by Pete Freund
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Water Adventures
Cannonball, swim, float, paddle, wade...whatever--just enjoy the amazing bodies of water all along the Loop! Photo by the Lake Chelan Chamber
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Trails
Walk, hike, cycle, mountain bike, climb, mountaineer, ride a pony--just hit the trail!
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Aerial Adventures
Skydive, take a helicopter flight, zip line or geek out on aviation. Photo by Erin Nash
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Parks
City, County, State and National Parks will keep your trip packed with picnics! Photo by the Sky Valley Chamber
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The Big 20!
20 Adventures to work your way through on the Cascade Loop!
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Kickin' It on Kiket Island - The Kukutali Preserve
What makes Kiket Island so special is the fact that it has been protected for so long. These hikes are on the Kukutali Preserve and opened up to the public in June of 2014. This means the land is so lush with a lively ecosystem and tons of wildlife. Read More >>>>
Top Ten Things to do in the North Cascades
The North Cascades’ 13 million acre ecosystem includes 7 million acres of protected public lands on both sides of the border – and endless opportunities for recreation, exploration, naturalizing and recharging one’s soul. Here are some of my favorite places from the northern end of the range, where I’ve lived, worked and taught for more than three decades. Read More >>>>
A Guide to Your Summer in Mount Vernon
When people think of Mount Vernon, most picture rows of colorful tulips at the Skagit Valley Tulip Festival, but what happens when the flowers disappear? Mount Vernon is blooming with possibilities, even when the tulips aren’t. If you plan on enjoying your summer on The Cascade Loop, here’s a guide on how to make the most of Mount Vernon. Read More >>>>
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