Reserve by calling (206) 233-2709 or in person at the Skagit Information Center in Newhalem (open 9 a.m. – 5 p.m., Fridays & Weekends in June and daily starting July 1)
June 30 – September 2
Thursday & Friday FREE TOURS
Adults & Seniors: $15
Youth (<12 years): $10
Dinner 7 - 8 p.m. (July) Introduction 8 - 8:15 p.m. Walk & Talk to Ladder Creek Gardens 8:15 - 9:15 p.m. Ladder Creek Falls by night 9:15 - 9:45 p.m. Return to Newhalem 9:45 - 10 p.m.
Reservations must be made no later than 3:30 p.m. on the day of the tour
Tour capacity: 20 people
Dinner is self-pay at Gorge Inn
Tour involves walking more than 1 mile over varied terrain. Trail along the falls is steep and includes stairs and some unpaved sections. Jacket, bug spray, and flashlight recommended
Not wheelchair accessible
Note: Schedule shifts 1/2 hour earlier in August
Reservations are required.
The quiet town of Newhalem has a lively past and once hosted hundreds of visitors who dined and danced under the stars. Guests had dinner at Gorge Inn and then strolled through Ladder Creek Gardens, where they marveled at the "wonders of electricity" that illuminated the falls and provided a musical background.
Seattle City Light, the National Park Service and the North Cascades Institute have teamed up to provide that historical experience for visitors once again.
Your tour will start at the newly renovated Gorge Inn, where you'll be treated to the famous Dam Good Chicken Dinner (or vegetarian lasagna), a long Skagit tradition now updated and available only for these tours. Dinner also includes a delicious salad, tasty side dishes, mouth-watering dessert and a beverage. After dinner, enjoy a stroll along the Skagit River to Ladder Creek Gardens with a National Park Service ranger and learn about the history of City Light in the North Cascades and the role the town of Newhalem played in building and operating the Skagit River Hydroelectric Project. Be sure to grab your flashlight and join the ranger on the short trail to Ladder Creek Falls.
As the evening descends, you will view three sets of rushing falls, each illuminated by multi-colored lights that change by the minute. Take a step back in time, as the historic light show inspires and entertains.
Take a relaxing guided tour through Ladder Creek Falls by Night