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Near Marblemount in Skagit County, Washington — The American West (Northwest)

National Parks of the Cascades

National Parks of the Cascades Marker image. Click for full size.
Courtesy of Thomas P. Martin, September 11, 2016
1. National Parks of the Cascades Marker
Inscription.  The extent of glaciation is one of the features that distinguishes the North Cascades from the rest of the Cascade Range. The northernmost reaches of the range were covered by huge continental glaciers, nearly a mile thick in places, resulting in vast U-shaped valleys, rounded ridges and lower, broader passes. More than 300 active glaciers grace the peaks of the park.

During the early 1900s, people began the movement for a national park in this mountain range. An act of Congress created the North Cascades National Park Service Complex on October 2, 1968. The park's designation exemplified the nation's interest in wilderness preservation after the passage of the 1964 Wilderness Act. Nearly three-quarters of a million acres of the North Cascades were set aside to preserve majestic mountain scenery, diverse flora and fauna, stunning geologic features, glaciers and snowfields too! In 1988, Congress designated 93% of the Complex the Stephen Mather Wilderness.

“Climb the mountains and get their good tidings … Nature's peace will flow into you as sunshine flows into trees. The winds will blow their freshness into you and
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the storms their energy, while cares will drop off like autumn leaves.” –John Muir, Naturalist

National Parks of the Cascades (* Date established)
• North Cascades (1968)*
• Mt. Rainier (1899)*
• Crater Lake (1902)*
• Mt. Lassen (1916)*

[Caption] The magnificent waterfalls, whether from the top of the hanging glaciers or steep cliffs, along with the constant cascading water, give the North Cascades their name.
Erected by National Park Service.
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: EnvironmentParks & Recreational Areas. A significant historical date for this entry is October 2, 1968.
Location. 48° 28.531′ N, 121° 4.504′ W. Marker is near Marblemount, Washington, in Skagit County. Marker can be reached from Cascade River Road. Marker is located at the Cascade Pass Trailhead in Stephen Mather Wilderness in North Cascades National Park. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Marblemount WA 98267, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 5 other markers are within 16 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Welcome to Ladder Creek Falls & Gardens (approx. 15.7 miles away); Electric Forest (approx. 15.7 miles away); Lighting of the Falls (approx. 15.7 miles away); Gorge Powerhouse (approx. 15.8 miles away); Old Number 6 (approx. 15.8 miles away).
Credits. This page was last revised on April 28, 2022. It was originally submitted on April 28, 2022, by Duane and Tracy Marsteller of Murfreesboro, Tennessee. This page has been viewed 41 times since then and 5 times this year. Photo   1. submitted on April 28, 2022, by Duane and Tracy Marsteller of Murfreesboro, Tennessee.
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Mar. 31, 2023