north cascades national park day tour - Diablo Lake


May – October       9:30 am – 6:30 pm*
$222 Adult, $111 Child (10 & under)

*times set to accommodate the Amtrak Cascades train schedule from Seattle and Vancouver into the Mount Vernon station.

Activity level: easy – moderate

The North Cascades National Park Day Tour takes you into the heart of the park to experience its protected wilderness and majestic landscape! Established in 1968, it encompasses 504,781 acres (2,042.78 km2) of pristine mountains, glaciers, valleys, temperate old-growth forest, rivers and turquoise-colored lakes.

The 78 mi, 2-hr drive (from Mount Vernon) on the North Cascades Scenic Highway parallels the Skagit Wild & Scenic River System.  Along the way, we’ll make these stops so you can experience the wilderness enveloping this Park and its surrounding areas:

  • Skagit River
  • North Cascades National Park Visitor Center
  • Gorge Creek Falls and Lookout
  • Ross Lake Lookout
  • Diablo Lake Lookout
  • Drive over Diablo Dam
  • 3-4 mi easy-moderate hike (weather permitting & at the guide’s discretion)

Instead of the hike, you have the option to take the Diablo Lake afternoon 2-hr boat tour, Friday-Saturday-Sunday only, June 28-September 8 (at an additional cost).

Note: The North Cascades National Park Day Tour is weather dependent certain months of the year. Winters with heavy snowfall can cause early road closure and/or delay its reopening.  Summer temperatures can soar into the 90s, increasing the possibility of forest fires and heat stroke.

You can track the weather at Diablo Lake, WA to prepare for your Adventure.

Not included: lunch, taxes & fees, and gratuity

Small group size: 1-5 Adventurers

Pick-up & drop-off locations: Mount Vernon Amtrak train & bus Station, Anacortes Ferry, hotels, motels, B&Bs, AirBnBs, marinas, residences & Airporter Shuttle locations in Anacortes, La Conner, Burlington & Mount Vernon.

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30 years safely guiding Adventures for thousands of happy Adventurers!

This Adventure is professionally lead by Naturalist-Guide (and owner) Stephanie.  She has guided all sorts of fun and educational land and water-based Adventures, throughout the US, Mexico and Canada, for the past 30 years.  She shares her passion for nature on every Adventure, as well as her knowledge of the natural & cultural history, marine & terrestrial habitats, flora & fauna, and ways of life of NW Washington.  Read more about her.

Got questions?   (360) 47 47 47 9

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Staying in Seattle or Vancouver but don’t have a car? Easy.  Hop on the Amtrak Cascades train from the Seattle King Station to the Mount Vernon Station pickup.  Other options include the Amtrak Thruway Bus, Greyhound bus, public transit bus and the Airporter Shuttle.

The North Cascades National Park Day Tour is an ideal Adventure for a single traveler, couples, a small group of friends or family, or a private charter.  

Stay longer for a multi-day Adventure to “Re-Wild” Your Spirit! in NW Washington. Add the Mount Baker Day Tour, Day Hiking in the North CascadesAnacortes “Wild Side” Eco Tour and/or San Juan Orcas Island Day Tour to this Adventure.Check out the rest of our Guided Adventures and please inquire about accommodations.

Also want to explore Mount Rainier and Olympic National Parks? We recommend these two small group Nature tour companies, also led by experienced women guides:

Mount Rainier National Park

Olympic National Park


“I loved every minute of the tour into North Cascades National Park! Stephanie showed me several wonderful outlooks and towns with Lake Diablo as the most astonishing highlight. We also took a wonderful hike along the river. Stephanie taught me so much about the local flora and fauna and is wonderful company at the same time! This tour exceeded my expectations in many ways.  I would recommend it to anyone!” Lory, Netherlands

“It was such an amazing experience exploring Skagit county and North Cascade NP with you! I had so much fun and learned a lot about Skagit from you. Today in Seattle it was incredible how I still felt connected with the Mountain ranges from Skagit!  You are the best guide I have ever had by your master skills of preparing and your sweetness of caring. I am thankful for it all.” Peace, Thailand

“I attend the north cascade tour last week, the scenery was very beautiful and Stephanie was a very professional guide, she took me to nearly all the attractive place in the park. It is a very excellent tour, highly recommended.” Xi, China