Dam Traverse Trail

Newhalem, Washington 98283

Dam Traverse Trail

Dam Traverse Trail Professional Review and Guide

"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."

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Trail Information

Nearby City
700 feet
Elevation Gain
Trail Type
Skill Level
Day hike
June to November
2,200 feet
Trailhead Elevation
2,900 feet
Top Elevation
North Cascades National Park
Local Contacts
Green Trails No. 48 Diablo Dam; USGS Diablo Dam; North Cascades National Park handout
Local Maps