This huge national park, located in the north central of Washinton State, is informally known as the "Alps of the US
". With elevation gains from creek to peak of frequently a mile and a half or more, hanging glaciers, dense undergrowth, and inclement weather, it is a region that requires great fortitude to penetrate even slightly.
Today, the almost 700 alpine glaciers in the northern Cascade Range are but a fraction of the size of their ice age counterparts, yet account for most of the glacier in the lower 48 states. Glacial concentrations surround all major peaks.