North Cascades National Park Peaks

In May I took my first trip through North Cascades National Park. Though I did not venture far from Hwy 20 there were mountain peaks everywhere you looked. This being late spring, there was still snow blanketing most of them. I will be travelling through there again in October and now that I know a few of the sights that await me I will be taking my time.

wallaby peak kangaroo ridge at washington pass cutthroat peak in north cascades national park

whister mountain in north cascades national park stiletto peak north cascades national park black peak north cascades national park

Diablo Lake – North Cascades National Park

A view of Diablo Lake from 2009 at North Cascades National Park. I hope the fall color this year will be as spectacular as last year.

7 exposures stitched, Canon EF-S 10-22mm f/3.5-4.5 USM @ 10mm

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diablo lake in the north cascades national park

North Cascades National Park Fall Colors

Ross Lake Overlook, Fall color, and Colonial peak.

ross lake rocks on hwy 20

douglas fir and maple on side of diablo lake colonial peak

clouds on sourdough mountain clouds on sourdough mountain sattler falls

Sattler Falls is on the side of Hwy 20 just east of the Ross Lake Overlook in North Cascades National Park.

sattler falls sattler falls

Diablo Lake in North Cascades National Park

Diablo Lake is a reservoir formed by the Diablo Dam on the Skagit River in North Cascades National Park. I often see photos of Diablo Lake with turquoise colored water but haven’t seen that in person yet. I think I actually prefer the color seen here.

boat on diablo lake boat on diablo lake

boat on diablo lake boat on diablo lake

boat on diablo lake boat on diablo lake

boat on diablo lake

Fall Color in North Cascades National Park

Gorge Creek Falls sits in the Ross Lake National Recreation Area of North Cascades National Park. The main vantage point of these falls are a metal bridge that sways and shudders when traffic goes over it – and it doesn’t have the sort of surface you could put a tripod on. I have found this spot to not be very hospitable to photography, though the views are excellent. I had a bit better luck earlier this year while trying a vertical “panorama”.

gorge creek falls upper gorge creek falls hwy 20 near north cascades national park

The first photo here is of the Gorge Dam just outside of Newhalem, Wa.

gorge dam on the skagit river gorge lake ross lake national recreation area skagit river