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.

Length10.8 miElevation gain3,743 ftRoute typeOut & back
BackpackingHikingNature tripsBird watchingRunningDog friendlyForestLakeRiverViewswild-flowersWildlife
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Shoshone National Forest 808 Meadow Lane Avenue Cody, WY 82414 Telephone 307.527.6241 Hours: 8:00 a.m.–4:30 p.m. MT (Monday-Friday) Wind River Ranger District 1403 W Ramshorn Dubois, WY 82513-0186 Phone: (307) 455-2466 Fax: (307) 455-3866 Hours: 8:00 a.m.–4:30 p.m. MT (Monday-Friday)

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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Holly Foy
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HikingNo shade

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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Eileen Pelkey
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HikingMuddyRocky

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

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Eileen Pelkey
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HikingMuddyRocky

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

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Charlie Fung
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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

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Karen Chandler
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First to Review

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

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Diane Nishwitz
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shawn seager
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Michael Schmidt
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