Explore the most popular wild flowers 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.

Lookout was gorgeous, have to go up a little more for the actual hike.

backpacking
7 days ago

Great early season trail. Lots of down trees but nothing too gnarly. Don’t blow your ACL

hiking
7 days ago

Beautiful hike. We got to the trailhead at 10 on a sunny Sunday morning (75 degrees!). I definitely expected it to be more crowded, but it wasn’t until the 2.5 mile mark that we saw another hiker. I think this trail is on the easier side for moderate—was testing out a new backpack and carrying extra weight (for training) and we still cruised along. Saw one snake (Northwestern garter snake) and one chipmunk, but that’s it for wildlife. Enjoy the hike!

hiking
11 days ago

Recommend snow shoes, poles, and spikes to attempt trappers. Still snow everywhere, lake frozen over.

15 days ago

Gorgeous day to enjoy the fresh mountain air. Beautiful drive and views along the trail.

Good short trail to do if you only have a little time

Road is open (to Diablo lake at least)! Walked the trail today in the sunshine and it was magnificent. Hiked from the shared trailhead with the North Cascades Institute and turned around at the overlook to Ross Dam. There were about 3 small creeks that you had to hop some rocks over but they were very easy.

nice hike up very beautiful views.

Beautiful hike over the damn and you can hike up along the falls coming down. Was beautiful back on 1/7/2018

Love the lake, the view it’s amazing

Gorgeous but short

Made the mistake of starting this trail during the hottest part of the day in July. This hike is no joke! We had to turn around half a mile from the summit as we didn’t Bring enough water and one member of our group was getting very ill. One member of our group did make it to the top and said the views of the sun setting into the mountains that stretched far into Canada were absolutely stunning.

hiking
5 months ago

not the best hike but a decent little afternoon out and back and a great starter hike for those folks who enjoy nature walks and want to jump to the next step of an actual "hike." I say this because there is minimal elevation gain but has enough subtle gains, rocks and root systems to warrant it a hike (though, we were passed by a trail runner. how they can run these things and not break an ankle I'll never know). it's a fun way to get in a little exercise while playing tourist as you check out diablo dam and ross dam as well. the switchbacks close to the final descent to ross dam may be challenging for beginners but you can bypass them and head straight to the lookout point and settle in for a lunch there if you wish. the best part for us was being able to see the lake(s) from the other side instead of the highway AND seeing the inlets and islands we kayaked to the day before. be aware: if you do not like heights, you may not enjoy the break in the treeline close to the halfway point ; it's steep, narrow and really cool! I am a major klutz so I walked purposefully and used my poles. overall a very level and fun hike. I would say be mindful of the steep mountainside if you've got little ones or people afraid of heights but it's a nice little ditty for sure.

hiking
7 months ago

hiked on Friday for sunset, still no snow and very beautiful

hiking
7 months ago

This is a nice trail, though the distance is closer to 3.9 miles for the out and back trip. The trail is almost entirely incline on the way to the lake, but not too steep in most places. Moderate is an accurate rating.

nature trips
7 months ago

Like to stop here on my way to Chelan to visit my parents! It's beautiful, quick and easy for the dog and I to stretch our legs! The waterfall is breathtaking and the bridge and damn, great little spot! :)

Easy hike with a few great lookouts

Very relaxed hike with gorgeous lake views at the top.

hiking
8 months ago

beautiful Lake!

This is an out and back trail that takes you through interesting landscapes, including rainforest-like vegetation, rocky fields, and dry open areas. About halfway down, the trail leads along the top of a gorge, from which you can look down at the blue-green waters of Lake Diablo. At the end of the trail the Ross Dam is visible. The views aren't stellar, but the water is very pretty when you can see it and the mix of vegetation made it an enjoyable hike for me. If you're looking for big views, seek elsewhere.

hiking
8 months ago

Good hike but the end of the trail wasn't very exciting. Leads you to a bridge by the Dam.

great hike, well maintained trail. dogs on leash allowed.

hiking
9 months ago

Beautiful

hiking
9 months ago

Awesome easy trail to hike with the family or the kids! The best views are at the top!

Well maintained trail, nice stretch off the legs when traveling the North Cascades Highway. View from the top of Diablo lake is very good. the information sheet at the North cascade visitor center had the elevation gain at 425 feet, listed on all trails at just over 700, it feels more like the latter.

9 months ago

Lots of lake views, lots of mountain views, even though the trail remains forested throughout. Well maintained and easy to follow. Ross Dam a plus.

hiking
9 months ago

This is a very pretty trail with beautiful views of snowy peaks. It's fairly easy to do, and very kid friendly. The end of the trail is nothing special compared to what you see all along the way, Well worth a detour, especially if you have kids.

hiking
9 months ago

Lot of loose rocks in the first third, but then opens up and becomes very nice. Lake is a bit underwhelming, but there's a great stream that runs along the trail for a good portion in the middle.

Mother. Fucking. Mosquitos. And flies. Probably the lone reason it went from five to four stars. We knew about the mosquitos going in. Mosquito brothels every mile, I'm assuming because of the beautiful streams/falls coming from the mountain. Bought some great deep woods repellent, should have gone 100% deet. Also the horse flies. They bite. There was a constant buzzing all the way to the top of Trappers Peak, and then once at the top there was silence from the buzzing, kind of.

Other than that, it was a great hike. I wish we made it in time to snag a camping pass (there are only three available) but we hit traffic and were too late.

The trail was a little overgrown to begin with. The first two miles are the easiest, the following three were described as a three mile stair step, which I agree with. Once at the lake view point, you can head right and head up to Trappers Peak, which is a scramble most of the way up. Bits of snow on the way, but the trail is still there, nothing really worth noting, as of 7/22. The views were incredible. We didn't go down to the lake, because of time, I wish we had more of it.

We took some hiking poles up, I definitely recommend. The drive up is a 5 mile drive up a logging road, don't take your car. It's a bumpy drive. When we got back to the truck, six vehicles, including our own were broken into. We reported it to the rangers, they knew about the increase of break-ins, and are working on it. They were great to work with.

Time up for us was three hours to the lake view point, another thirty to Trappers Peak, time down was two hours. We did stop and bathe ourselves of the bug repellent (I went a little crazy with it) in the creek where there's a little log bridge. Take a towel, maybe hide it at the bridge on your way up. It was amazing.

Overall, it was a great hike, with great rewards at the end. Yes, difficult but worth it. A great day hike, and I bet an amazing camping place.

hiking
9 months ago

Nice hike with a swift start. Beautiful creek along the way. Lake access isn't great and lots of flies on the shoreline. I didn't swim, but my lab loved the refreshing dip. Nice view of a peak from the lake.

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