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Ross Dam Trail

Intermediate/Difficult
 4.0 (1)

A short out-and-back trail with rewarding lake and mountain peak views.


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Map Key

0.7

Miles

1.1

KM

74%

Runnable

2,122' 647 m

High

1,743' 531 m

Low

19' 6 m

Up

398' 121 m

Down

12%

Avg Grade (7°)

35%

Max Grade (19°)

Dogs Unknown

Features Lake · River/Creek · Views

Runner Notes

Areas of dirt turning to rock. About halfway down, there are stretches of small loose rocks, which may make for spicy running, but this route is certainly runnable.

Description

The Ross Lake Dam trailhead is located at the Ross Dam Trail & Resort parking area. The wooded trail quickly begins to descend to the water from the parking area. About 0.2 miles down, you cross a small wooden bridge, spanning over the steadily flowing Happy Creek. Past the creek, the trail is mostly dirt, but crosses partially buried rock and areas of loose material. A few peek-a-boos offer quick glimpses of the lake and dam as you get closer to the bottom of the trail.

When you reach the bottom of the trail, you'll encounter a gravel road, and you're almost there! Turn right on the gravel road for a view of the lake and access to the ferry for the Ross Lake Resort. By taking a left onto the gravel road and following the signs another 0.3 miles, you can work your way out onto the dam for an amazing view of Ross Lake and Jack Mountain. For a longer outing, continue across the dam to meet up with the West Bank/Big Beaver Trail. Remember to save some energy for the 500 vertical foot climb back up the trailhead!

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Shared By:

Tim Mulvihill

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Ross Lake.
Sep 30, 2016 near Diablo, WA
Happy Creek.
Sep 30, 2016 near Diablo, WA

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