Pyramid Lake Trail

Ross Lake National Recreation Area, Washington

Elevation Gain1,554ft
Trailhead Elevation1,117ft
Elevation Min/Max1117/2642ft
Elevation Start/End1117/1117ft

Pyramid Lake Trail

Pyramid Lake Trail is a hiking trail in Whatcom County, Washington. It is within Ross Lake National Recreation Area. It is 1.7 miles long and begins at 1,117 feet altitude. Traveling the entire trail is 3.5 miles with a total elevation gain of 1,554 feet.

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Day Hiking: North Cascades (The Mountaineers Books)
Craig Romano
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"Do this hike not for the destination, but for the journey. “Lake” is an overstatement. Pond, maybe, but Pyramid Puddle is more like it. Still, this easily accessible trail gets a fair amount of traffic, as it makes for a good spring conditioner or late-fall snow prober. And while Pyramid Lake is tiny, some of the trees along the way are anything but small. The real allure of this trail is the impressive old-growth forest it traverses, compensating for any lake letdown."
One Night Wilderness: Portland: Backcountry Getaways Within Three Hours of the City (Wilderness Press)
Doug Lorain
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"Pyramid Lake, which is tucked neatly in an isolated basin on the northern edge of the Mount Jefferson Wilderness, has everything a hiker could want in a mountain lake. Although there is no view of the wilderness’s namesake mountain, you’ll enjoy a wonderful perspective of Pyramid Butte, a local landmark that rises impressively above the lake’s east shore. And if views aren’t enough, you can feast on huckleberries, cool off with a refreshing swim, or try to catch a few of the lake’s tasty brook trout."

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Deceiving title for this hike. The lake at the top is more of a pond with limited shore. The hike up wasn't long, and had a few great photo-ops from the small stream and nice mossy mini waterfalls. All up hill from the get go, it's a good quick workout, but limited in the payoff at the end

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Trail Information

Ross Lake National Recreation Area
Nearby City
Ross Lake National Recreation Area
Easy to Moderate
Skill Level
North Cascades National Park Visitors Center (Newhalem)
Local Contacts
Green Trails Diablo No. 48
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