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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, walking, nature trips, and bird watching and is best used from April until November. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

Distance: 11.8 miles Elevation Gain: 1,761 feet Route Type: Out & Back

dogs on leash

hiking

nature trips

walking

bird watching

forest

lake

views

waterfall

wild flowers

wildlife

North Cascades National Park Service Complex 810 State Route 20 Sedro-Woolley, WA 98284 Visitor Information (360) 854-7200 Wilderness Information Center (360) 854-7245 HEADQUARTERS FAX: (360) 856-1934

hiking
2 months ago

Easy trail. Great if you are pressed for time. I would recommend going slightly farther distance to Greene Point campsite (5.75 miles round trip took 2.25 hours) to experience the lake from the shoreline. The water was beautiful and refreshing!

hiking
3 months ago

Easy trail that eventually will take you to the top of the dam. When the trail ends at a road, head left, and pretty soon you’ll see the trail pick up on the right side. Follow that and it will lead you to where you can walk over the top of the dam. Pretty great payoff for a short hike.

hiking
Wednesday, August 22, 2018

Hiked this on 8/21, and despite the smoky haze the views were still beautiful. Didn’t hike this route in its entirety, but started off of Hwy 20 and hiked the ~1.25 miles down to the dam (not shown on the route), and then hiked over to Ross Lake Resort and back clocking in around 5.5 miles total. The portion of the trail between Hwy 20 and the dam features a nice little waterfall, and past the dam there’s great views of the lake while hiking through the woods.

Monday, July 31, 2017

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
Thursday, June 22, 2017

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!

backpacking
Wednesday, June 07, 2017

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

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.

recorded Ross Dam 8/27/2019

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Wednesday, September 19, 2018

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Wednesday, August 15, 2018

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Tuesday, July 31, 2018

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Saturday, June 02, 2018

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Monday, May 28, 2018

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Sunday, May 20, 2018

Thursday, April 05, 2018

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Thursday, July 13, 2017

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