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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!

North Cascades National Park Hikes Hiking

Know 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
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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Winthrop Washington Opens New Homestream Park
Right in the heart of the town of Winthrop, a piece of land has been donated and dedicated to locals and visitors alike. Homestream Park is beautiful park is full of gorgeous artwork by Native American sculptor Smoker Marchand depicting the original inhabitants of this special place we call the Methow Valley. Read More >>>>
Bird of the Week: Sandhill Crane
Okanogan County is fortunate to be one of the few places in Washington where one can regularly see - and hear- Sandhill Cranes each spring and fall as they migrate. This past weekend a large group was seen flying south above Winthrop and Twisp. It was spectacular! Read More >>>>
Elk Rut Season
The elk rut begins around the time of the autumnal equinox in mid-September, and lasts a month. During this time, male elk, called bulls, will challenge each other for the privilege of mating with the females, or cows, in the harem. Bulls become aggressive and warn the other bulls to stay away from their harem. They “bugle” which is a high-pitched whistle that often ends with grunts. They also charge at each other with heads down and use the strength of their powerful necks and shoulders to lock antlers and… Read More >>>>
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