Best bird watching trails in Ross Lake National Recreation Area, Washington

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Explore the most popular bird watching trails in Ross Lake National Recreation Area with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers and nature lovers like you.
Map of bird watching trails in Ross Lake National Recreation Area, Washington
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Top trails (18)
#1 - Diablo Lake Trail
Ross Lake National Recreation Area
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Length: 7.5 mi • Est. 4 h 4 m
This is an out and back trail with mild elevation gain that takes you through interesting landscapes, including rainforest-like vegetation, rocky fields, dry open areas and the Skagit River. About halfway down, the trail leads along the top of a gorge, from which you can look down at the turquoise waters of Lake Diablo. At the end of the trail the Ross Dam is visible. This trail does not have the most beautiful views of any hike in the area, but the varied vegetation keeps things interesting.Show more
#2 - Thunder Knob Trail
Ross Lake National Recreation Area
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Length: 3.3 mi • Est. 1 h 47 m
#3 - Desolation Peak Trail via Ross Lake
Ross Lake National Recreation Area
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Length: 7.9 mi • Est. 6 h 13 m
Rent a boat from Ross Lake Resort and take the boat north past Ten Mile Island and Cat Island. Dock the boat and start your climb to Desolation Peak.Show more
#4 - Ross Dam Trail
Ross Lake National Recreation Area
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Length: 1.4 mi • Est. 34 m
Nice & short down and back trail to see Ross Dam. Some rockiness, and little bit of snow here and there but overall nothing much. The parking is right before route 20 which closes seasonally when there is snow. Show more
#5 - Ladder Creek Falls Trail
Ross Lake National Recreation Area
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Length: 0.5 mi • Est. 15 m
#6 - Ross Dam Trail
Ross Lake National Recreation Area
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Length: 11.8 mi • Est. 5 h 56 m
#7 - Ross Dam and Diablo Lake Trail
Ross Lake National Recreation Area
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Length: 12.8 mi • Est. 7 h 5 m
#8 - Skagit River Trail
Ross Lake National Recreation Area
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Length: 1.8 mi • Est. 44 m
This short and easy boardwalk/natural surface trail leads through the forest to a big overlook deck with benches and a nice view of the river. Keep an eye out for salmon spawning at the bottom of the trail. Accessibility: The trail surface is boardwalk or natural surface and typically at least three feet wide. The estimated grade is mostly gentle (5% or less). The steepest section is at 0.1 miles. Wheelchair/mobility equipment or stroller users may need assistance or all-terrain tires on the natural surface sections if they are uneven and in the steep section.Show more
#9 - Hozomeen Lake Trail
Ross Lake National Recreation Area
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Length: 7.4 mi • Est. 3 h 49 m
#10 - East Bank and Desolation Trail
Ross Lake National Recreation Area
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Length: 34.2 mi • Est. Multi-day
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