Description - This 440-mile loop encompasses some of Washington's most interesting and varied areas: cityscapes and landscapes, islands and rivers, and alpine lakes and towering peaks.
'[The loop is] as diverse as it is incredible...the salty waters of Puget Sound, the lush foothills of the Cascades...the glacier-clad peaks...and the sun-drenched expanse...'
--Loni Rahm, President of the Cascade Loop Association, as quoted in 'Cascade Loop Travel Guide 2000'
- The Cascade Loop is known for it's Archeology, Cultural, Historical, Natural, Recreational and Scenic Attractions.The loop is as recreational as it is scenic. It houses millions of miles of hiking and biking trails, ski hills and cross-country trails dusted with fresh powder, and shimmering blue lakes and rivers that summon rafters, boaters, and fishermen. Communities line the loop urging visitors to stop and relax at a quaint restaurant or search for a treasure in an old antique shop.
Recreation - The Cascade Loop is packed with recreation options for the whole family. Passing though several national parks and recreation areas there is everything from camping and hiking to theaters and museums.
Climate - Washington's climate varies with each region. The Cascades split the state and alter weather patterns. The terrain east of the mountains receives significantly less rainfall than that west of the mountains, 12 inches is the annual average. Temperatures in this region are lower during the winter months, because it is landlocked. Frequent winds coming down from the mountains also contribute to the low temperatures of eastern Washington.
Western Washington is temperate, due to the coastal geography. The water is a stabilizing force for the climate, making extreme temperatures rare. The area receives large amounts of rainfall from Pacific storms and some snow during winter months.
The mountains of Washington receive large amounts of water-laden snow from October through May. These peaks remain snow covered throughout the year.
The Cascade Loop circles a 440 mile area just north west of Seattle. From Seattle (and Tacoma): take I-5 northward. From Spokane: take I-2 westward.
Directions from : From Seattle (and Tacoma): take I-5 northward. From Spokane: take I-2 westward.