Staying Safe at North Cascades National Park

Located in Washington State along the US/Canada border, North Cascades National Park is a remote wilderness area with few available park services. Defined by breathtaking landscapes of mountains, water, and rock formations, it’s important to take the necessary safety precautions when visiting North Cascades National Park. 


Inclement weather can happen suddenly and at any time of year, including summer snow storms at higher elevations, so it’s important to be prepared for anything when visiting the park. Be sure to stay on the designated trails to avoid any unforseen dangers. Wear sturdy hiking shoes and bring plenty of warm, water and windproof clothing with you to North Cascades National Park.


North Cascades National Park is home to a wide variety of wildlife, so it’s important to view these animals from a safe distance and never approach them. Do not feed the animals. Bears, wolves, elk, mountain lions, deer, moose, coyotes, and mountain goats are common in the area, so keep your distance and be cautious never to come between a mother and her young.

Check yourself frequently for ticks during and after your visit to the park to avoid contracting serious illnesses.

Store your food safely to avoid any confrontation with the park’s wildlife, particularly black and grizzly bears which are common in the area.

Other Concerns

Due to the remoteness of the park, there are limited park services, meaning that you’ll need to be prepared to care for yourself in case of emergency. Bring everything you need with you, including extra food and water, layers, waterproof clothing, and emergency first aid. 

Do not depend on cell phones, as there is limited cell service in much of the park. Bring a physical map and compass with you and familiarize yourself with your route before you head out. 

Make sure to properly treat all water from lakes and streams before drinking it in order to avoid serious illness. 

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