North Cascades Photo Tours and Prints
The North Cascade mountains in Washington State are rugged, lush, stark and colorful all at once.
Lupine and the North Cascades
Abundant rainfall creates fantastic meadows filled with wild flowers while at the same time sculpting the ridges and peaks into serrated knives of stone.
The two main entry ways into the North Cascades are the North Cascades Highway (Hwy 20) and the Mount Baker Highway (Hwy 542)
Mount Shuksan and Picture Lake, along the Mount Baker Highway
While there are a few places, such as Artist Point (located at the end of Hwy 542) and Washington Pass (the highest point along Hwy 20) where you can drive to see the scenery, most of the time a trip here involves hiking.
Liberty Bell from the North Cascades Highway
Along these two byways there are many side roads leading to trail heads that take you up (always up!) into the high country. There are so many trails and choices!
The North Cascades Highway (Hwy 20) is a part of the Cascade Loop Scenic Byway. This is the Best Road Trip Vacation in Washington State!
North Cascades Photo Prints
If you are interested in fantastic, colorful prints of the North Cascades to adorn your home or office here is a link to my North Cascades Gallery. There you can purchase Canvas Wrapped prints (framed prints are available) as well as Fine Art prints.
One of the most popular hikes along Highway 20 is the Lake Ann – Maple Pass Loop. This 7 mile hike visits Lake Ann, cupped amongst peaks snow and flowers and offers spectacular views of the nearby summits.
Wildflowers along the Lake Ann – Maple Pass Trail
North Cascades Photo Tours
This summer I am offering Guided Photo Tours of the North Cascades. We can pick a trail, based on your available time and venture into the mountains for some stunning scenery and photographic opportunities and/or training. Tours are available for both day hikes and overnight trips.
Skyline Divide is a trail reached from Highway 542. This trail leads up and onto a ridge carpeted with lupine, paintbrush and other flowers with grandstand views of Mount Baker, adorned with glaciers.
Mount Baker and Lupine from the Skyline Divide Trail
If you are looking for a guide book that catalogs most all of the North Cascades Trails, I recommend the book “Hiking the North Cascades” by Erik Molvar (Falcon Press). This book provides accurate info about each trail including mileage, elevation gain, and details of flora and fauna.
Another fabulous day hike is the Sauk Mountain Trail.
This trail is an easy(ish) hike up into the high country with smashing views of the Skagit Valley.
If you like a dash of solitude to go along with your mountain scenery then you’ll need to don a backpack and hike at least a day travel from the parking area. Here the crowds disappear and you have the place (mostly) to yourself.
Hiking along Sahale Arm
In the next installment I will describe a few of the most stunning overnight and extended hikes in the North Cascades.
Trail along the North Fork, Bridge Creek
If capturing images of the Night Sky is your thing, check out our Night Sky Photo Tours and the Night Sky Photo Gallery!
Glow of Aurora Borealis