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Address: North Cascades National Park, WA
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A two-mile trail stretches across Ross Dam to Ross Lake.

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Fascinating and Stunning Experience

Ross Dam reservoir holds a turquoise mineral-rich waters that connects the icy cold waters of Diablo Lake and produced hydroelectric powers towards neighboring cities. The... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 6 days ago
Ashuntaé-Michel... C
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

Ross Dam reservoir holds a turquoise mineral-rich waters that connects the icy cold waters of Diablo Lake and produced hydroelectric powers towards neighboring cities. The overlook deck of this dam is very accessible with spacious parking lots and descent restrooms nearby. I love visiting this place because of its stunning panoramic view, hence, it gives anyone a sense of amazement... More 

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Frederick, Maryland
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 September 2016

At MP 134 off Rt. 20 North Cascades Highway, there's a small parking lot on the left hand side of the road traveling eastbound for the Ross Dam Trail. I got there at noon on a Friday and there was nowhere to park so I temporarily made my own parking spot to get out and check out what was here.... More 

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Thank NeoWasHere
Washington, the State
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 August 2016

Make sure you spend enough time to enjoy the views. Even on a rainy day you get a good impression of the beautiful area.

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West Bloomfield, Michigan
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 May 2016

If possible, I'd highly recommend the hike down to the Ross Dam. Not only was it a relatively easy hike (grandparents in their 60's and two kids ages 8 and 10 were able to do it...albeit with breaks) the views were amazing. Once on the Ross Dam, the wind was a bit unnerving but the views were completely worth it!

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Thank dtowndandy
San Mateo, California
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 August 2015

Hike down to Ross Lake Trail. It is a steep trail down to see Ross Dam. We stopped in the half way to Ross Lake Resort because that day was too hot and we did not bring water. I am surprise there is a resort down the mountain. Great view of the dam and lake. Good hike!

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Thank sunloverCL
phillipsburg, nj
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 August 2014

Once again he peacefulness we found in July was unexpected. The dam left a nice lake there too bad the fish do not think so. It was a nice quiet time just to take in the sights of the mountains, the dam, the lake and surrounding area.

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Thank cubanbucky
Hyderabad, India
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 August 2014

further up to the diablo lake overlook, we stopped at a road side point from where the side road leads to the resort. The bridge is really good on the lake.

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Thank HARAGOPAL
Portland
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 July 2013

hike on trails overlooking Skagit river = ross lake. the hikes were scenic and fun. Not very crowded

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Lynnwood, Washington
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 August 2011

At mile post 134, right before where they close the highway for the winter, is the trailhead to get you down to Ross Dam. It is a 500 foot drop in about a mile down which makes for a challenge on the way back up. At the bottom on the gravel road, follow the signs to left and you'll find... More 

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