Ocean Shores, Washington
Washington Cascades Offer Outstanding Recreational Activities for Winter and Summer
The Washington Cascades, part of the Cascade Mountain Range which extends from British Columbia to California, offer hundreds of miles of hiking, snow-shoeing, skiing and cross-country skiing trails; many ski resorts; and countless opportunities for camping, backpacking and mountain climbing in one of the world's most beautiful and accessible mountain ranges.
In Washington , this lengthy range of forested mountains is roughly divided into three different regions, each offering its own unique and outstanding natural features. The three regions are briefly described below. For more detail, follow the links:
The North Cascades defining features are Mount Baker , the North Cascades National Park , several National Wilderness Areas, the Ross Lake National Recreation Area and the Chelan Lake National Recreation Area.
The Central Cascades offer an extensive array of outdoor recreational activities less than two hours by car from Seattle, making the area a popular playground for hiking, backpacking, climbing and skiing for one of the Pacific Northwest's largest metropolitan centers.
The South Cascades' three snow-capped volcanoes, Mount Adams, Mount Rainier and Mount St. Helens , rise dramatically above their lesser neighbors as the outstanding featured attractions in this widely popular recreational area of south central Washington.