Our climate is moderate, with Summer highs in the 90's and Winter lows in the teens. Our annual temperature is 50° while the Summer 24 hour average temperature is 64°. We have an average of 80" of rain each year, with most of the precipitation occurring during the Winter. Our snowfall is seldom heavy and varies from year to year. Although the North Cascades Highway usually closes in the Winter we remain open year-round for travelers coming from the West.
Going for hikes, picking wild flowers in the mountain meadows, photographing the bunnies, picking morel mushrooms, going for a nice country drive, floating the Skagit River in a canoe or kayak, smelling the pitch in the mountain air while river rafting, reading a good book, going on an old fashion Easter egg hunt, going on a picnic and having the Eatery pack a delicious lunch for you.
Basking in the summer 80 degree weather, resting on your deck watching the rabbits, taking a new trail to a hidden lake, going for a boat ride on our many lakes, going fishing in our streams and rivers, enjoying meeting new friends around the community camp fire, having wonderful BBQ ribs and chicken at the Eatery, going for a river walk early in the morning when the dew is still on the leaves, touring the Skagit power project, or at night laying a blanket down on the grass and watching a falling star or Aurora Borealis. Want more action? Summer's the time to raft the Skagit, explore the backwoods roads by mountain bike or climb the peaks in the North Cascades. Want more? There's badminton, volleyball, bunny-hole golf and old-fashioned horseshoes.
There isn't any place prettier than our autumn leaves and the colors in the North Cascades. They are equal to Maine and Massachusetts. Enjoy a latté or a Tummy Warmer at The Eatery, or have pumpkin pancakes with homemade apple syrup, or take a walk and kick some leaves. You can go chanterelle mushroom picking or horseback riding.
When the snow comes we are in a winter wonderland. The snow is light and fluffy, and each snowflake is especially carved out for the North Cascades grandeur. Cross-country skiers, snowmobilers and snowshoers usually find enough white stuff to please. You might make snow angels or roll in the snow, w-o-o-o-o, stimulating!!! The nights are long so we enjoy playing board games or a good game of pinochle and some hot chocolate or watch a favorite movie around the fireplace with popcorn. It is a good time to enjoy a hay ride with that special honey that you have to cuddle up to keep warm, while you try to guess the artist on some oldies but goodies songs, with popcorn and hot chocolate. This is a great place to do your Christmas shopping in "the forest of good things" to make that house a home during this special season. Some people come up to cut their own Christmas tree.