Liberty Bell at Washington Pass overlook - North Cascades, WA. Copyright © Melissa & Bryan Ripka. Image used under Creative Commons 2.0 License.

North Cascades National Park in Washington state features rugged mountain peaks.  In 1971, the park had 318 glaciers, the most of any US park outside Alaska.  All the glaciers in the park have retreated significantly from 1980–2005 and the rate is increasing.  The recent warmer climate has led to more summer melting and more winter melting events, reducing winter snowpack.  Several glaciers in the range have melted away in the last decade.  Due to its wilderness nature, North Cascades National Park is home to wolves, lynx, moose, wolverines, and many other rare or endangered species.  Few grizzly sightings have been confirmed by park staff, though black bears are common.  There are a gamut of mammals, birds, amphibians and reptiles.  (Source: Wikipedia, Image: Melissa & Bryan Ripka)

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