Best trails in Ross Lake National Recreation Area

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Looking for a great trail in Ross Lake National Recreation Area, Washington? AllTrails has 24 great hiking trails, running trails, views trails and more, with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers, and nature lovers like you. Ready for some activity? There are 10 moderate trails in Ross Lake National Recreation Area ranging from 3.3 to 41.7 miles and from 1,095 to 2,919 feet above sea level. Start checking them out and you'll be out on the trail in no time!
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"The North Cascades are Calling!" Less than three hours from Seattle, an alpine landscape beckons. Discover communities of life adapted to moisture in the west and recurring fire in the east. Explore jagged peaks crowned by more than 300 glaciers. Listen to cascading waters in forested valleys. Witness a landscape sensitive to the Earth's changing climate. Help steward the ecological heart of the Cascades.
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Top trails (24)
#1 - Thunder Knob Trail
Ross Lake National Recreation Area
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Length: 3.3 mi • Est. 1 h 47 m
Note: As of 2/20/19 - Users have reported that Highway 20/North Cascades Highway is closed due to winter conditions. Please check with the Ross Lake National Recreation Area before visiting. Note: AsShow more
#2 - Thornton Lakes Trail
Ross Lake National Recreation Area
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Length: 8.3 mi • Est. 5 h 26 m
Thornton Lakes Trail is a 8.3 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Marblemount, Washington that features a lake and is rated as difficult. The trail is primarily used for hiking,Show more
#3 - Thunder Creek Trail
Ross Lake National Recreation Area
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Length: 10.3 mi • Est. 5 h 2 m
NOTE: The Campground is closed due to COVID-19 at the moment however you can park right across the road and walk to the trail from there. Show more
#4 - Ladder Creek Falls Trail
Ross Lake National Recreation Area
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Length: 0.5 mi • Est. 15 m
Ladder Creek Falls Trail is a 0.5 mile moderately trafficked loop trail located near Marblemount, Washington that features a waterfall and is good for all skill levels. The trail offers a number of acShow more
#5 - Happy Panther Trail
Ross Lake National Recreation Area
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Length: 9 mi • Est. 5 h 1 m
Happy Panther Trail is a 9 mile lightly trafficked out and back trail located near Marblemount, Washington that features a lake and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking and is Show more
#6 - 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
#7 - Happy Creek Forest Walk Trail
Ross Lake National Recreation Area
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Length: 1.3 mi • Est. 43 m
Happy Creek Forest Walk Trail is a 1.3 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Marblemount, Washington that features a river. The trail is good for all skill levels and primarily usShow more
#8 - Ross Dam Trail
Ross Lake National Recreation Area
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Length: 11.8 mi • Est. 5 h 56 m
Ross Dam Trail is a 11.8 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Marblemount, Washington that features a lake and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walkiShow more
#9 - Hozomeen Lake Trail
Ross Lake National Recreation Area
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Length: 7.4 mi • Est. 3 h 49 m
Hozomeen Lake Trail is a 7.4 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Rockport, Washington that features a lake and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walkShow more
#10 - Pyramid Lake Trail
Ross Lake National Recreation Area
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Length: 3.8 mi • Est. 2 h 35 m
Pyramid Lake Trail is a 3.8 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Marblemount, Washington that features a lake and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking, naShow more
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