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North Cascades National Park, Washington

North Cascades National Park is a United States National Park in the North Cascades region of Washington State. Sitting on the border of the United States and Canada, it covers an area of over 500,000 acres and ranges between 1,000 to over 10,000 vertical feet. Much of the park is designated as wilderness and as such there are few areas with developed facilities. It is quite close to Bellingham and Seattle, however, providing easy access from urban areas. The park ranges from lowland valleys to rugged alpine peaks. There are two large lakes within the complex as well, Lake Chelan and Ross Lake. The park is home to a wide variety of species, most notably the Grizzly, the Gray Wolf, and the Canada Lynx. The extreme variation in elevation produces an incredible range of plant life as well, with the short flowering season of the alpine meadows being particularly spectacular. The park is home to the world record snowfall. In 1999, Mt. Baker received 1140 inches of snow --- over 90 feet!

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