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Ross Lake Trail is a 10.8 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Dubois, Wyoming that features a lake and is rated as difficult. The trail offers a number of activity options and is best used from July until October. Dogs are also able to use this trail.

Distance: 10.8 miles Elevation Gain: 3,743 feet Route Type: Out & Back

dog friendly

backpacking

hiking

nature trips

bird watching

running

forest

lake

river

views

wild flowers

wildlife

The Trail Lake Road, Forest road 411, heads south from U.S Highway 26/287, 71.5 miles west of Riverton or 3.6 miles east of Dubois. The turnoff is signed for Dubois Fish Hatchery and for Whiskey Basin Wildlife Habitat Management Area. Follow the road south for several yards to a fork just beyond the cattle guard. Take the left fork, which is signed for Ring Lake Ranch and RF 411. Follow the good, wide gravel road south. Signs at junctions point the way to the trailhead. After 6 miles a good road forks left to Ring Lake Ranch, at the end of the the road. bear right. the road ahead is narrow and rough, with rocky stretches and potholes, but it's passable to low-clearance vehicles. After 7.5 miles bear right at the entrance to Whiskey Mountain Wildlife Conservation Camp and continue another 1.5 miles to the trailhead.

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no shade
9 months ago

First of all, this trail is NOT 10.8 miles out and back. We were on a time constraint and had to turn around at 5.7 miles, and the lake was still almost a mile away :( so this hike is closer to 13 miles RT. So don’t make the same mistake we did and plan for an 11 mile hike that’s actually 13. And I used both this app and Strava. Both had the same mileage. Nice scenery, LOTS of switchbacks. Trail is well used and easy to follow. Bring plenty of water. many exposed areas and no water along the trail.

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muddy
rocky
Sun Jun 16 2019

It’s tough but it’s good. Switchback central Lake is still frozen

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muddy
rocky
Sun Jun 16 2019

It’s tough but it’s good. Switchback central Lake is still frozen

Sat Oct 13 2018

This lake is one of the most beautiful I’ve seen. The hike is very difficult if you’re backpacking. Hope to come back one day

Sun Jul 15 2018

Beautiful long day hike. Straightforward trail, some signage. Loads of wildflowers in July. Some minor boggy areas.

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10 months ago

hiking
Sun Aug 20 2017