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Newhalem Rock Shelter Trail

North Cascades > North Cascades Highway - Hwy 20
48.6688, -121.2547 Map & Directions
Length
0.6 miles, roundtrip
Elevation Gain
68 feet
Highest Point
641 feet
Calculated Difficulty About Calculated Difficulty
Easy
Newhalem Creek on a sunny day. Photo by C P. Full-size image
  • Old growth
  • Good for kids
  • Rivers

Parking Pass/Entry Fee

None

This short and sweet trail starts 0.3 miles east on the service road past Newhalem Creek Campground loops C & D, just past the steel-grated Newhalem Creek Bridge. Continue reading

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Hiking Newhalem Rock Shelter Trail

This short and sweet trail starts 0.3 miles east on the service road past Newhalem Creek Campground loops C & D, just past the steel-grated Newhalem Creek Bridge.

The very short path is wheelchair accessible, only 1000 feet long and gently graded. As you walk along, you'll see 1,400 year old hunting camp sheltered by a large boulder along side Newhalem Creek. Interpretive signs and benches dot the way, in between moss and lichen that line the path.

WTA Pro Tip: It is possible to connect to the Linking Trail from Newhalem Creek Campground for a 1 mile roundtrip hike. However, this add-on is not necessarily entirely wheelchair friendly.

Toilet Information

  • Toilet at trailhead

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Wheelchair Accessibility

This trail has up to a 12% grade with no more than a 3% cross slope.

Newhalem Rock Shelter Trail

Map & Directions

Trailhead
Co-ordinates: 48.6688, -121.2547 Open in Google Maps

Before You Go

A $26 backcountry permit is required to camp overnight in North Cascades National Park. Permits must be picked up in person at one of the park's Wilderness Information Centers

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Parking Pass/Entry Fee

None

WTA Pro Tip: Save a copy of our directions before you leave! App-based driving directions aren't always accurate and data connections may be unreliable as you drive to the trailhead.

Getting There

Find the town of Newhalem on State Route 20 at mile 120. This trail starts 0.3 miles (0.5 km) east along the service road past Newhalem Creek Campground Loop C, 40 yards (35 m) beyond the steel grated Newhalem Creek Bridge.

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Trailhead

North Cascades > North Cascades Highway - Hwy 20

North Cascades National Park

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Newhalem Rock Shelter Trail

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