Cascade Range

The Cascade Range is the interior range of the Pacific Northwestern United States. It stretches over 700 miles across Northern California, Oregon, Washington, and Southern British Columbia, running parallel to the Pacific, about 100-150 miles inland.

The range is best known for its massive snow-capped volcanoes, which generally rise in isolation and are separated by great intervening plateaus. There is at least one relatively easy route to the summit of all Cascade volcanoes, although the highest, Mount Rainier (14,410 ft.), provides serious challenges even on its easier routes.

There are also many non-volcanic mountains in the range, most notably in the North Cascades of Washington, a 150-mile stretch of mountains south of the Canadian border. These peaks are smaller, seldom over 10,000 feet, but among them are literally hundreds of sharp rock peaks whose height differential, summit above base, often exceeds that of the higher peaks of the Sierra Nevada or Colorado Rockies. These mountains receive heavy snowfall and have extensive glaciers, offering the best ice and snow climbing in the lower 48 states. In addition to the heavy winter snows, the North Cascades are notorious for their low clouds and heavy warm weather rains. Thick rain forests cover the deep narrow valleys that surround the mountains, particularly from the west. This makes access to some of the peaks somewhat difficult, although roads and trails approach the most popular peaks, many of which are included in the North Cascades National Park.

Peaks of Cascade Range

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