North Cascades National Park Private Day Tour

North Cascades National Park Private Day Tour

All-Inclusive | Private Tour

North Cascades National Park is nicknamed the “American Alps” for a reason. It’s one of the most remote and rugged parks in the U.S., and a hike into its solitude and grandeur is unforgettable. Embark with a naturalist on a North Cascades tour through the park’s alpine meadows, across its rocky ridges, and among an endless sea of jagged peaks veneered by blue glaciers. Watch for black bear, mountain goats and bald eagles. On the way home, explore the communities outside the park for organic berries and local wine.

North-Cascades

The American Alps “Deep Mountain Wilderness, Rivers and Wine”

Full- Day From Seattle | Summer | Moderate

Highlights

  • Hike led by a Naturalist mountain guide
  • Stunning views of the North Cascades and surrounding areas
  • Stop at the Glacier Peak Winery for local Skagit River Valley tastings
  • Visit Cascadian Farms for organic berries
  • Wildlife spotting for black bears, mountain goats and wolves
  • Hike along the gorgeous Lake Diablo
  • Catch a glimpse of one of the largest glaciers in the Park
  • Visit a stunning hydroelectric dam

Adventuring from Seattle into the North Cascades National Park is a unique and unforgettable experience as this is one of the least visited and most rugged parks in the US.  It is nicknamed the “American Alps” because while hiking through the park’s alpine meadows or along its high, rocky ridges visitors observe a seemingly endless sea of jagged peaks and glaciers.  Yet unlike the Alps, the North Cascade Mountains harbor an abundance of wildlife including mountain goats, black bears, grizzlies, wolves, and wolverines, with very few human inhabitants.  Anyone interested in wilderness preservation and escaping the humdrum of city life will relish in the scale and grandeur of this protected landscape. However, the small communities outside the park are also well worth exploring for their organic berry farms and wineries!

North Cascades Tours from SeattleThe North Cascades are home to powerful rivers that wind through towering, glacier-capped peaks and we will embark on this journey to experience it all.  On the “trail of the day” we might meander along the forested shores of Lake Diablo or we may push on up to Cascade Pass for a stunning view of some of the largest glaciers in the North Cascades National Park.  We will also visit an historic hydroelectric dam to see where Seattle’s electricity is generated and connect with how this vast, protected watershed impacts the daily lives of millions of Washingtonians.  And after a long day’s hike we will be sure to indulge ourselves at Cascadian Farms with their fresh organic berries and ice cream.  There is also the option of visiting the local Glacier Peak Winery whose wines honor in their taste the beauty of the Skagit River Valley.  Winter along this river also attracts hundreds of migratory bald eagles that feed on chum salmon and steelhead, so depending on the time of year we may see them in action!

  • Pick up & Drop off: Pick-up and Drop-off at your Downtown Seattle Hotel (see our pick-up zone here), Cruise Terminal or the Hotel Monaco at 1101 4th Ave, Seattle, WA
  • Time: 7:30am 

Alternate Routes from Sun Mountain Lodge in Winthrop, WA

Summer  |  Easy

  • Drive through historic Winthrop and see the history of mountaineering in the “American Alps” unfold before your eyes or walk the Lone Fir Interpretive trailNorth Cascades
  • Enjoy a morning tea of local scones, coffee, tea, and hot chocolate
  • The guide will choose the trail of the day for an easy to intermediate hike with beautiful views of the North Cascades Mountains
  • Enjoy a Cascadian Safari Picnic lunch at the outstanding Washington Pass Overlook
  • Stop at the Ross Lake Overlook to see the glacial forces that carved the park and are still shaping the mountain today
  • End the day with a visit to the Gorge Creek Falls and Gorge Dam
  • Guests return to the Sun Mountain Lodge
    • Pick up & Drop off: Sun Mountain Lodge
    • Time: 8am

Winter  |  Easy

  • Drive south towards the artistic and varied town of Twisp
  • Enjoy a morning tea of local scones, coffee, tea and hot chocolate while overlooking the Methow River
  • Cruise up the river to the tiny mountain community of Stehekin on the Lady of the Lake Ferry for one of the most scenic boat rides in the Pacific Northwest
    • Enjoy a short nature walk at the port before taking the ferry back
    • Cascadian Safari Lunch will be served either on the boat or in Stehekin
  • Return to Sun Mountain Lodge either along the Columbia River or over the Loup Loup Pass
    • Pick up & Drop off: Sun Mountain Lodge
    • Time: 8am

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 Activities | Hiking and/or snowshoeing, nature walks, waterfall viewing, wildlife viewing, birding, ecological & geological sightseeing with naturalist interpretation

  • Interests | Forest ecology, glaciology, waterfalls, botany, natural & local history (wildflowers in late Summer)
  • Inclusions
      • Pick-up and Drop-off at your Downtown Seattle Hotel (see our pick-up zone here), Cruise Terminal or the Hotel Monaco at 1101 4th Ave, Seattle, WA
      • Highly qualified naturalist Escape Artist guide
      • Travel in adventure-outfitted Mercedes Vans and luxury SUVs
      • Locally sourced and/or organic Safari Lunch
      • Seasonal snacks and refreshments throughout the tour
      • Wine tasting fees
      • All park entry fees
      • Comprehensive naturalist commentary
  • Difficulty | Easy to moderate
  • All-Inclusive Rate | Contact for a quote

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Please call or email for a tailor made version of this incredible adventure
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How to Pack and Prepare | FAQs | Terms & Conditions

 

About Us:

EverGreen Escapes is Cascadia’s premier local and sustainable adventure, nature and epicurean tour company. Specializing in private and small group, naturalist led escapes in bio-fueled Mercedes Vans and Crossovers. We’re a small business with a Big Mission: to create positive change in the world by connecting people with places and nature.

FAQ:

1. What should we wear/bring on our escape?

  • We recommend wearing layers that you can add if there is wind or rain, and remove when there is sunshine.  Comfortable walking shoes will allow you to explore further at some of our stops.  It’s always a good idea to bring sunglasses and a camera!  We provide reusable water bottles, along with other snacks and refreshments. See more on how to Pack and Prepare.

2. How strenuous is this? How much experience do I need to have?

  • All of our scheduled departures are meant for beginners (easy to moderate). We try to cater our tours to all ability and interest levels – and this really depends on the group that day. Your Escape artist will choose the difficulty of the physical activity based on the group’s interest and ability level. If you are interested in a different level, we can certainly put together a private itinerary specifically for you. Please don’t hesitate to contact us with any questions regarding specific questions!

3. Can I have vegetarian/ special diet food?

  • Yes.  Please advise us if you have any food restrictions or requests, we can accommodate vegetarian diets, lactose intolerant diets, and often times can also accommodate gluten free diets when given enough notice.

4. What is your Cancellation Policy?

5. Should I get Travel Insurance?

  • We recommend that you do.  Travel insurance can be purchased to cover penalty costs in the event you need to cancel or change your travel plans (subject to approval of claim by the insurer). It also can provide medical and emergency assistance protection as well as some loss and delay coverage.

6. Should I tip my guide?

  • We take great personal and professional pride in orchestrating rich and memorable adventures for each and every client we engage with, sometimes our clients are inspired to show their appreciation in the form of a gratuity. While gratuities are not an expectation, our guides traditionally receive an amount consistent with the rest of the service industry in the U.S., somewhere between 10% and 20%.

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