Ross Dam

Newhalem, Washington

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This hike descends to cross Ross Dam and then follows the far shore of the lake to a scenic overlook. The Ross Dam Trailhead sits on a bluff high above the lakeshore, and from its large parking lot, the path wanders downward through storm-wracked Douglas firs. The path passes a small cascade on Happy Creek, then drops across an open and rocky face that yields views of Pyramid Peak to the southwest. The route then leads across the top of the dam, its curving façade of concrete rising 320 feet above the Skagit River.

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"This hike descends to cross Ross Dam and then follows the far shore of the lake to a scenic overlook. The Ross Dam Trailhead sits on a bluff high above the lakeshore, and from its large parking lot, the path wanders downward through storm-wracked Douglas firs.

The path passes a small cascade on Happy Creek, then drops across an open and rocky face that yields views of Pyramid Peak to the southwest. The route then leads across the top of the dam, its curving façade of concrete rising 320 feet above the Skagit River."

Activity Type: Hiking
Nearby City: Newhalem
Distance: 2.4
Elevation Gain: 530 feet
Trail Type: Out-and-back
Skill Level: Easy to Moderate
Duration: 1.3
Season: Summer to Fall
Local Contacts: Ross Lake National Recreation Area, Pass required for most trails
Local Maps: USGS Ross Dam; Green Trails Ross Lake
Driving Directions: Directions to Ross Dam

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May 2018