Private Day Tour: North Cascades National Park

Private Full Day Tour: North Cascades National Park

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.

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TIMING

6:30 am to 7:30 pm
We visit North Cascades July – Sept.
Timing is somewhat flexible on private trips.

GROUP SIZE

Our private tours accommodate a maximum of twelve travelers.
We’ll use a Mercedes Sprinter van or new Ford Transit to get around!

PRICE

See our pricing breakdown below. Fixed costs are high–our trips become much cheaper with more travelers!

INCLUSIONS

We have the best guides in the Pacific Northwest.  They’ll bring plenty of food and drink, pay all entrance fees, and bring any gear you might need (like snowshoes).

North Cascades National Park is one of the most beautiful–and least visited–parks in the American system.  It’s just not as well known as the other heavyweights in the region.

Learn about the natural history of this remote National Park and the geology of the active volcanoes of the Cascade Range.

Explore diverse & stunning environments on foot: subalpine ecosystems, jewel blue lakes, cascading creeks, and (in the summer) flower-strewn mountain meadows. Don’t forget your sturdy shoes!

Savor a fresh, local, family-style lunch with local wines (included with tour price). We’ll also bring local coffee to press, tea, a light breakfast, and plenty of water and sparkling water for the day! Don’t worry about a thing…

Travel via the North Cascades Highway through the 500,000 acre National Park to access viewpoints, hikes, and remote wilderness.

Watch for Black-tail deer, Roosevelt elk, black bears, Grizzly Bears, Gray Wolves, Cascade red foxes, Stellers Jays, and more.

Adventuring into North Cascades National Park is a unique and unforgettable experience–it is one of the least visited and most rugged National Parks in the U.S.

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. 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!

The 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. 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!

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Private Tour Pricing: North Cascades National Park

1 Traveler

$1200

$1321.20 total after tax.

2 Travelers

$650

$1431.30 total after tax.

3 travelers

$466

$1541.40 total after tax.

4 travelers

$375

$1651.50 total after tax.

5 Travelers

$320

$1761.60 total after tax.

6 Travelers

$283

$1871.70 total after tax.

7 Travelers

$257

$1981.80 total after tax.

8 Travelers

$237

$2091.90 total after tax.

9 Travelers

$222

$2202.00 total after tax.

10 Traveler

$210

$2312.10 total after tax.

11 Travelers

$200

$2422.20 total after tax.

12 Travelers

$191

$2532.30 total after tax.

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Traveler Testimonials

Here is what travelers are saying about our National Park trips right now:

Our tour guide, Sean, to Olympic National Park, was excellent!! Walking encyclopedia. He picked us up from a downtown hotel & a short ride to the ferry downtown where he drove the van on. Light breakfast and hot beverages on the ferry and info on the plan for the day. Ferry ride is 30 minutes. 1 1/2 hour drive to the park then view stops (saw a bald eagle) and hurricane ridge where we walked up a somewhat steep trail to the top (saw marmots) Beautiful! Note: water is provided in a reusable bottle that you can fill through out the day. Off to Elwha valley to Madison Falls and a picnic lunch outside that was delicious! Wine is also offered. Even my picky 20 year old had grilled chicken to eat. Drove to Lake Crescent and an old growth forest that looks like Jurassic park with lichen covered huge trees and big ferns. Lots of bathroom breaks along the way and time to change based on the weather. Snacks also provided. Cookies after Crescent lake and a 2 hour drive back to the ferry. Sean’s enthusiasm was appreciated and it was great to see him be as excited as we were to see the animals and views. Sean even let us pick blackberries while we waited for the ferry. Sean was nice enough to drop us wherever we wanted downtown at the end of the tour. 12 hour day and we saw and did so much. Definitely worth doing!!!

Pamela S.

TripAdvisor, August 2018

If only I could give it 6 stars! Grandparents and two teenagers (13 & 15) set off on our private adventure with Sean! Every part of the trip was choreographed perfectly and well-planned for an excellent day on tour. His kindness to the “kids” was awesome responding to their spontaneous ideas of…let’s go find a farm with barns to photograph, food stops for hungry teenagers and the last-minute kayaking on Lake Crescent. His knowledge of all aspects of the peninsula was impressive. A great role model for the teens of how to be well-educated and enjoy your job experiences. The spectacular riverside lunch was delicious- my favorite. The office coordinator, Halee, arranged our tour and all staff were very attentive and understanding of our personal needs.

Samantha F.

TripAdvisor, August 2018

These trips were booked by our agent on our honeymoon in Seattle and they were excellent. Both guides on these trips (Mt. Rainier & Olympic National Parks) were knowledgeable of the local area and wildlife and each group was 8-10 in size so no one was left out. Coffee stops mid-morning on the journeys and lunch included were a welcome addition as were the cookies in the bus on the way home. When we moved to Portland we used Evergreen Escapes (as they have a team in Portland) again for a Columbia wine trip including hiking to find waterfalls. Highly recommended!

David W.

TripAdvisor, July, 2018

We took Evergreen Escapes day trip to Olympic National Park from Seattle. Everything about the day was fantastic! The tour guide picked us up from our hotel in Seattle early in the morning and took our group straight to the ferry to Bainbridge Island. On the ferry, a light breakfast was provided along with some background knowledge of the park. Our time at the park included time in Hurricane Ridge, a hike up Hurricane Hill (beautiful views he whole way), a lunch stop right next to the Elwha River, and time at Cresent Lake. The Hoh Rainforest is too far to include on this trip, but we felt like we had seen a great mix of the beautiful things found at the park. Lunch included a variety of chicken and salads, all served with a tablecloth and silverware at a picnic table in the shade. Our guide, Sean, was top notch. He has a lot of experience with the park having worked there in the past, so he knew so much about the park. He was also incredibly friendly and was a wonderful host for the day. We can not recommend this tour enough if you want a day trip to Olympic. It is such a beautiful place!

Tazi1221

TripAdvisor, June 2018