Explore the most popular wildlife 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.

backpacking
8 days ago

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

hiking
12 days ago

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

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

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

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
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! :)

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

hiking
9 months ago

Beautiful

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

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
10 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.

hiking
10 months ago

This was a fun trail I did in conjunction with a ranger talk and the Dam Good Chicken Dinner offered by the North Cascades Institute. At night they light up the Falls.

hiking
10 months ago

An easy hike through dense forest to a very secluded mountain lake. Pretty spot but not as majestic as nearby Hozomeen Lake.

hiking
10 months ago

This moderate trail meanders through shady forest and over little streams to the stunningly beautiful Hozomeen Lake. Perfect for picnicking, swimming, fishing or backcountry camping. A little bit of heaven on earth.

hiking
10 months ago

We walked down to the dam then took a boat to Ross Resort where we rented a boat for the day. Round-trip, the hike was about 2.5 miles and the day boating was priceless! We made it to British Columbia with views of glaciers, suspension bridges, a dozen or so waterfalls, and private islands along the way. Amazing!

on Jack's Mountain Trail

hiking
11 months ago

Great hike, peaceful and amazing views once you get through the forest (which is beautiful too). Saw 7 piles of bear scat on trail. Beautiful meadows toward the end after lots of climbing via switchbacks.
Hiked as far as I could until the trail was completely covered in snow. I think it might go a mile further or turn into a climbing trek to summit mt jack, but i'm not sure. Either way it was a great hike.

hiking
11 months ago

Great hike to stretch the legs on a long drive. The first mile was great with some good elevation gain. Getting to the lake I was some what disappointed, everyone raves about this hike. I hike to alot of alpine lakes an I give this one a 3 out of 10. Overall nice hike. If it's a hot day, definitely take a dip.!

hiking
11 months ago

Short easy hike perfect for a rainy day.

Short easy trail with a small waterfall.

on Pyramid Lake Trail

hiking
11 months ago

Hike is really beautiful, steady climb nice and shaded, lake is ok. nice quick hike

backpacking
11 months ago

Trail is well maintained to big beaver campground, but currently beyond that there are quite a few trees down.

Amazing!

hiking
11 months ago

The hike there is definitely the best part. And if you climb to the top of the ridge the view is amazing

backpacking
Monday, August 29, 2016

Great hike, a few elevation gains and drops but overall very mild. Most of the trail is under cover in the Forrest with periodic lookouts. Later in the year the streams for water along the way are dried up until mile 7. Semi-easy, our friends took a small corgi and she made it just fine.

Sunday, July 17, 2016

a good climb! The old growth timber was awesome!

backpacking
Saturday, June 25, 2016

Picturesque. Hard hike, but totally worth it.

Friday, June 10, 2016

Quite the challenge, but worth it. The views are amazing, and the lake at the end is jaw dropping.

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