North Cascades National Park

National Park in North Cascades

The wildest of all Pacific Northwest wildernesses, the lightly trodden North Cascades National Park has no settlements, no overnight accommodations and only one road (unpaved). The names of the dramatic mountains pretty much set the tone: Desolation Peak, Jagged Ridge, Mt Despair and Mt Terror. Not surprisingly, the region offers some of the best backcountry adventures outside of Alaska.