The North Cascades Highway: A Roadside Guide

Paperback | July 23, 2013

byJack McLeod

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Each year thousands of drivers travel Washington State’s breathtakingly beautiful North Cascades Highway (State Route 20), observing the region’s alpine flora and fauna and its dramatic geologic features. The North Cascades Highway, an illustrated natural history guide, helps travelers and readers to appreciate the deeper beauty behind the landscape.

Organized as a series of stops at eye-catching sites along eighty miles of the highway, The North Cascades Highway reveals the geological story of each location. Plate tectonics, rock formation, erosion, and glaciation are explored to show how the features of the North Cascades landscape came into being as they exist today. Human history is also included, as the book describes how miners, climbers, and poets have been inspired by the geology and terrain of the North Cascades.

For travelers on the road, the easy-to-use guidebook format includes mileage, parking information, and detailed maps. Stunning color photographs allow armchair travelers to enjoy the journey as well. Appendices provide detailed information on geologic time, rock types, glaciers, and the geologists who have decoded stories hidden in rock and ice.

The North Cascades Highway provides a unique experience of a striking landscape that is also a rich, interwoven system of living things, climate, and geology.

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Each year thousands of drivers travel Washington State’s breathtakingly beautiful North Cascades Highway (State Route 20), observing the region’s alpine flora and fauna and its dramatic geologic features. The North Cascades Highway, an illustrated natural history guide, helps travelers and readers to appreciate the deeper beauty behin...

Jack McLeod teaches physical, earth, environmental, and space sciences at Cascade High School in Everett, Washington, and has served as Science Coordinator for the Everett School District.

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:128 pages, 11.04 × 8.55 × 0.35 inPublished:July 23, 2013Publisher:University Of Washington PressLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0295993162

ISBN - 13:9780295993164

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Table of Contents

Map of the North Cascades Highway Invitation Acknowledgments

IntroductionFrom Miners to Poets A Shuffled Deck of Rocks A Hidden Realm Driving and Viewing Tips

Road Guide100.0 Eldorado Peak The Skagit: Lifeblood of Salmon and Eagle 102.9 Skagit Valley: Tales Below Side Trip: Cascade River Road and Cascade Pass 120.8 Skagit Gorge 123–134 Three Dams: Gorge, Diablo, Ross 131.7 Diablo Lake 131.7 Colonial Peak and Pyramid Peak 133.5 John Pierce Falls135.1 Ross Lake 139–147 Granite Creek Canyon 147.7 Crater Mountain 147–157 Upper Granite Creek Forest and Meadow Treasure 157.7 Rainy Pass Side Trip: Rainy Pass Area Trails 159–160 Stiletto Peak and McGregor Mountain160.5 Cutthroat Peak 162.2 Washington Pass 169.0 The Eastern Approach 172.0 The Needles 179.6 Mazama Junction

AppendicesA. Glaciers: Mountain ArchitectsB. Geologic Maps C. Geologic Time D. Geologic Timetable E. Plate TectonicsF. ErosionG. Rocks H. Geologic Detectives

Epilogue Conservation Organizations with Ties to the North Cascades Bibliography Photography Notes Credits Index

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Each year thousands of drivers travel Washington State’s breathtakingly beautiful North Cascades Highway (State Route 20), observing the region’s alpine flora and fauna and its dramatic geologic features. The North Cascades Highway, an illustrated natural history guide, helps travelers and readers to appreciate the deeper beauty behind the landscape.Organized as a series of stops at eye-catching sites along eighty miles of the highway, The North Cascades Highway reveals the geological story of each location. Plate tectonics, rock formation, erosion, and glaciation are explored to show how the features of the North Cascades landscape came into being as they exist today. Human history is also included, as the book describes how miners, climbers, and poets have been inspired by the geology and terrain of the North Cascades.For travelers on the road, the easy-to-use guidebook format includes mileage, parking information, and detailed maps. Stunning color photographs allow armchair travelers to enjoy the journey as well. Appendices provide detailed information on geologic time, rock types, glaciers, and the geologists who have decoded stories hidden in rock and ice. The North Cascades Highway provides a unique experience of a striking landscape that is also a rich, interwoven system of living things, climate, and geology. The North Cascades Highway has outstanding photos and informative text that effectively deals with technical material in a nontechnical way. - Ruth Kirk, author of Archaeology in Washington