Skagit Power Tours

Skagit Power Tours
Program Series Skagit Tours
Instructors Institute staff
General Tuition (age 13+) $40.00
Senior Tuition (age 62+) $40.00

July 5 - September 14
Saturdays and Sundays

Experience the Skagit River Hydroelectric Project and North Cascades up close by getting off the beaten path and going "behind-the-scenes."

The tour begins in the historic company town of Newhalem, where you will learn about the early days of the Skagit Project, walk through beautiful Ladder Creek Falls Gardens and visit the inside of the Gorge Powerhouse to learn firsthand how power generation works.

Then its onward to the company town of Diablo, where we’ll visit the historic art deco lobby and viewing gallery of Diablo Powerhouse, an experience normally closed to the public. We’ll view the famous incline lift, which once carried entire train cars up the side of Sourdough Mountain.

After a catered picnic lunch provided by North Cascades Institute’s talented kitchen staff, we’ll stroll across Diablo Dam and visit the North Cascades Environmental Learning Center.

The trip will finish out with a focus on the natural history, biodiversity and geology of the North Cascades, including stops at some of North Cascades National Park's breathtaking scenic vistas.

Each tour will be led by National Park Rangers and/or naturalist guides from Seattle City Light and the North Cascades Institute. Limited to 13 guests, these tours are highly personalized and very exclusive!

Not suitable for children 12 & under. For more information, call (360) 854-2589 or email

Field Guide to North Cascades Institute