Dam Traverse Trail

Newhalem, Washington

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Adventure-loving families will love the challenge of crossing two dams of the Skagit River: 389-foot-high Diablo Dam to drive across, and 540-foot-high Ross Dam to walk across. The reward for the short, steep descent is a close-up look at a major hydroelectric project for Seattle City Light in the heart of the North Cascades. With the aid of two cars, you could continue by trail to the level of the beautiful turquoise green waters of Diablo Lake. Be warned: Keep a good hold on children when walking across Ross Dam.
Best Hikes with Kids: Western Washington & the Cascades

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Best Hikes with Kids: Western Washington & the Cascades

by Joan Burton (The Mountaineers Books)

Adventure-loving families will love the challenge of crossing two dams of the Skagit River: 389-foot-high Diablo Dam to drive across, and 540-foot-high Ross Dam to walk across. The reward for the short, steep descent is a close-up look at a major hydroelectric project for Seattle City Light in the heart of the North Cascades.

With the aid of two cars, you could continue by trail to the level of the beautiful turquoise green waters of Diablo Lake. Be warned: Keep a good hold on children when walking across Ross Dam.

©  Joan Burton/The Mountaineers Books. All Rights Reserved.

Activity Type: Hiking
Nearby City: Newhalem
Distance: 15
Elevation Gain: 700 feet
Trail Type: Out-and-back
Skill Level: Difficult
Duration: Day hike
Season: June to November
Trailhead Elevation: 2,200 feet
Top Elevation: 2,900 feet
Local Contacts: North Cascades National Park
Local Maps: Green Trails No. 48 Diablo Dam; USGS Diablo Dam; North Cascades National Park handout
Driving Directions: Directions to Dam Traverse Trail

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