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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!

Need to Know Info

North Cascades National Park Hikes HikingKnow 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

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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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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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Horseback Riding

Choose an outfitter and embrace your inner cowboy or cowgirl!

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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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Fishing

The Cascade Loop is home to a LOT of rivers, lakes, streams and the Puget Sound--fish on!

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Achieve Your New Years Resolution Goals In Winthrop Washington
Here in Winthrop Washington we take outdoor recreation seriously – in a fun way. If you’re making a New Year’s Resolution, why not set a goal to complete a race among wild flowers, snow capped mountains, and pristine public land? Spend a night in at one of our many hotels with hot tubs to relax those sore muscles. Whether you’re a runner, cyclist, cross-country skier, or pickleball enthusiast, we have something for you. You can also reserve our outdoor rink for your next hockey tournament. Read More >>>>
Watchable Wildlife - California Quail
One of the most prevalent birds to be found year round on the Cascade Loop are the California Quail. These birds are Identified by a topknot, a protruding group of feathers on the top of their head. The male quail (cock) topknot is larger than the female (hen), and it droops forward and shakes when he walks and calls. Read More >>>>
Bird of the Week: Gray Partridge
The Gray Partridge (Perdix perdix) is also known as the Hungarian Partridge, or around these parts, especially for game bird hunters, simply "Huns." Like many of our other "game birds," they were introduced from Europe around 1900 or so. I've never seen one in a pear tree, in fact I don't see them much in the mid to upper Methow Valley where I live, but they can be locally common in various spots throughout Okanogan County. They don't migrate and are active year-round, generally sticking to cultivated or old agriculture… Read More >>>>
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