Gerry Cook

Gerry Cook is the most senior employee at North Cascades National Park, having worked on Ross Lake since before the park's creation in 1968. He is an accomplished artist and naturalist with a passion for backcountry tales and wilderness preservation. Captain of the 30-foot Ross Mule, an open-decked boat that shuttles students and trail crew workers alike, Gerry loves the lake as much as the high country. From 1970-72, he served as a fire lookout on Desolation Peak, Copper Ridge and Sourdough Mountain, respectively.