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Washington national park a ‘hidden gem’

mt.-shuksan-horiz-640x-400-NORTH CASCADES NATIONAL PARK – More than 30 million people flock to America’s national parks each summer – but Washington is home to one of the park system’s least crowded spots.

The June/July issue of “Country” magazine lists North Cascades National Park as one of the top ten hidden gems of the National Park System.

The article notes, “Despite the breathtaking alpine terrain, North Cascades National Park remains virtually deserted compared with America’s marquee national parks.  Why?”

The answer, according to the article, is a combination of its remote location and its heavy rain and snowfall.

The article notes, “Heavy snow mantles the higher elevations in radiant white, while rains nourish the dense forest that cloaks the lower slopes, making them impenetrable to the hesitant hiker.”

The list of hidden gems also includes Arizona’s Organ Pipe Cactus National Monument and California’s Pinnacles National Park.

For a complete look at the list and article, click here.

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