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Erin Seekins
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Hiking

Was socked in today so we didn’t really get any views, but still a nice trail. The trail head parking is open. Not a lot of people.

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Brian Asher
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Hiking

Hiked on July 8. Absolutely loved this trail. I went up to Trappers Peak and X Mountain which is a fun .5 mile traverse west of Trappers. Clouds opened up for spectacular views. All Thornton Lakes are still frozen over. No need for microspikes. Lots of wildflowers on the trail. Fantastic hike!

2 F.
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Round trip was 4.8 miles not 3.8. First half mile was in sparse forest and was pretty steep with loose rocks. You then enter dense forest. Trail follows nice creek for short distance with pretty glade to rest in. There are a few peek-a-boo views of surrounding mountains. After the glade you climb some more and pass some really big trees as well as numerous nurse logs. The lake is very small but there are some neat things to see - water lily pads (some in bloom), irridescent blue dragonflies, bleached trunks of dead trees floating in the lake and covered with plants, and a clear view of the peak across the lake. We enjoyed the hike but probably wouldn't hike it again.

Gautam Dogra
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Took the trail down Hwy 20 to Ross Dam. Short hike, Saw a bear on the way up on the trail.

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Gautam Dogra
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Hiking

beautiful views and not crowded at all.

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david grupp
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Hiking

Entire round trip is longer than 3.8 miles and is more like 4.5 miles but still should be easy to finish in under 3 hours. The lake is beautiful and the forest is amazing but there weren’t many great views along the way.

Katie Dixon
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Hiking

Easy trail for a great view. We were very sore from our hikes earlier that week so we chose a shorter one just so we could glimpse Diablo lake. There are many spots at the top to sit with a view. Bring some snacks or a picnic and enjoy the view!

Logan Johnson
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HikingRocky

Decent short hike. Follows along the happy creek with a few waterfalls. We saw a deer in the middle of the trail. Good places to take some waterfall photos. Trail continues down and dumps out on a gravel road. If you head left there, you can walk out on the dam which is pretty cool, and worth an extra little bit of distance. This trail was pretty busy as well on a Sunday afternoon.

Kollyn Kaiser
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HikingRocky

Great trail. Half way up is the best view! Water is beautiful. Parked right in front of the trail which you have to cross the dam. Dog friendly.

Chloe Fruge
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HikingBugsRocky

Disappointed we did this trail. It was almost 4 miles round trip and a pretty big elevation gain on broken up rocks. The views at the overlook are so much better. If you only have a limited amount of time in the park, I wouldn’t recommend this trail. The top was a small lookout spot with trees blocking a lot of the view anyways.

Devin Loy
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Hiking

Trail is good to go! Still a lot of snow, but it’s easily navigable without spikes or an axe.

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medha sinha
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HikingRocky

This trail is towards easy of moderate. Rocky path. No need for professional shoes although. You have to hike approximately 1.7mile then you get a top view of Diablo lake. It’s a beautiful view of green water.

Ashley N.
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Hiking

Did this trail on Friday. Parking is blocked off, so we parked along the main road and walked about a mile to the trailhead. (There were plenty of cars who drove around the barricade to park near the trailhead though.) Nice views of Diablo Lake along the trail, but the overlook is not impressive.

Beatriz Garcia
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Rocky

I am a little confused as pictures are mixed up with another trail ...the actual happy creek trail it's right next to the ross lake trail...this one takes you to a steep way up to a waterfall not to an actual lake... we saw a bear on our way back down preatty close to the trail head..we did this trail with an 18 month a 3 and a 4 year old it was a little hard for them but we completed it in an hour

RItvik M
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HikingRocky

Great trail, moderate and easy for all age groups. Diablo lake look over is so perfect and worth a trail.

Shiv Shetty
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Hiking

Wonderful well maintained trail. Given the location of the trail you'll find very few people on it, which makes it pretty awesome. Now the hike itself- it's a pretty steady but constant incline and you'll get little or no respite. Considering it's around 4500ft the hike is pretty taxing, with the knees taking a beating on the way down. Recommend hiking poles if your knees generally hurt when going downward. Gets a bit chilly at the summit too. Overall an excellent hike with phenomenal views at the top, a 360° view of the North Cascade's snow capped peaks.

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Marc Jensen
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Hiking

Hiked 6/24-6/27 from Ross Dam to Beaver pass and then to Little Beaver camp. We had a water taxi pick us up on Day 4 to take us back to Ross Dam Trailhead. Very well maintained trail to Stillwell Camp. We hiked through miles of old growth cedar forests and swarms of mosquitos. Gorgeous section all the way to Stillwell camp. The Little Beaver trail was not maintained. We encountered Some logs across the trail and some sections of shoulder high undergrowth (including nettles). We had to wade across a few swift creek crossings and over-steam log hopping. We went about 36 hours without seeing another hiker!

Sasha Amy
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Hiking

Great trail!! Lots of people and hard to find parking but it was nice

Tina P.
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Hiking

Hiked this today on Friday 7/3/2020 from 1-2:30 PM, one day before the 4th of July, during this Coronavirus season. Many people on the lower half, not so much on the upper half. It made me wonder if everyone started with the intent to make it to the top, but then changed their mind? I’d approximate 50% of hikers on the trail wore masks, other 50% did not. All interactions were friendly though. Those who wore masks did not appear judgey of those who did not. I agree with the other posts that said this is an easy level of moderate. The trail is marked well (look for the pink ribbons tied to tree branches above for the first portion), the incline is gradual, and there aren’t immediate safety or physical hazards besides the one tree that fell over (see other post) and is blocking the trail. It’s approximately 12” in diameter and it’s easy to crawl under it or hop over it. Perhaps this hike would be “moderate” if wearing a mask. The views at the end were nice, although nothing can beat the view at the viewpoint which requires less physical work and time. It is slightly disappointing actually if you do the viewpoint first and this second. The problem with the viewpoint is the swarms of people. The view at the end of this trail had significantly less people, so you get to enjoy it for longer with more personal space. The view at the end also does not have the guard rail obstructing the view. Just be careful you don’t slip on the rocks, that could be bad.

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Chris Nguyen
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Hiking

Stayed at the campground a few years ago and did this hike. It was mostly shady but bring bug repellent. Happy hiking!

Sasha Aleksandrovich
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Hiking

Great 360 view

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Baylie Barton
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Hiking

What a wonderful hike. The first third is the hardest and the terrain is more craggy with less cover. It then comes to a lovely creek and the rest of the hike is through an enchanting forest with lots of of moss cover. The lake itself is gorgeous. My boyfriend and I went early and had lunch at a little outlook over the lake with no other people in sight. It was wonderful. Would definitely do this hike again!

Baylie Barton
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Hiking

Easy, pretty hike, with nice views at the top. If you stay at Colonial creek campground, it starts right there. Lots of people on this trail.

Jason Cory
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Hiking

Not sure why this is rated as hard....it’s easy with little elevation gain. Lots of people on the trail today, several large groups of 8+ on the trail. We pulled off the trail at Neve campsite and there is a nice place to hang your hammock next to the river. We plan on camping at this site in a few weeks.

Seleniasinn User
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Hiking

Hiked 6/28/20 until we had to turn around due to snow

Jessica Reed
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HikingRocky

Fun hike! We clocked 3.9 miles, not 3.3, but still fun. On the easy side of moderate, pretty green nature hike with a great view of the mountains and then at the top the lake! went with our teenagers and they had no problem, also saw small kids up there. we got there just after 3 and it was busy with people coming down, so we had the top to ourselves and saw few on our way down at about 730. only one tree down over the trail which is easy to get past, a tiny bit muddy and lots of rocks. watch your ankles with this one!

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William Heileman
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HikingBugsScrambleSnow

Snow covered made it to the lake but frozen. No trail going down made our own. Would not have made it without GPS. Ended up hiking 10 miles

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