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Address: North Cascades National Park, WA
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Peaceful area great for picnicking and hiking.

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Recreational Paradise

If you're like me, you came to this part of the world to visit North Cascades National Park. What you find out when you get here is that the National Park is the least accessible... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 11 September 2016
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Frederick, Maryland
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Frederick, Maryland
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 September 2016

If you're like me, you came to this part of the world to visit North Cascades National Park. What you find out when you get here is that the National Park is the least accessible part of the region, and the majority of visitors spend time checking out the more popular Ross Lake NRA with parts accessible from right off... More 

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Renton, Washington
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 September 2016

Served by Goodell Creek, Newhalem and Colonial Creek campgrounds along Hwy 20. Hiking trails for all ability levels - even the easier trails are scenic, but the higher you climb, the greater the visual rewards.

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Mendoza, Argentina
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 September 2016 via mobile

Stopped in one of camp grounds to have a quick picnic before our hike. The campground wasn't charging the day we went (unsure if it typically does). We pulled into a parking spot and conveniently walked to a picnic table on a pier. It worked out perfectly.

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Portland, Oregon
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 September 2016

I had seen my husband's photos of Ross Lake and couldn't believe the water really was that green. So we planned a trip to this amazing place referred to as the American Alps. It is worth the drive and the water really is that color! Amazingly beautiful. You can plan to stay all day or even just bring a picnic... More 

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Anacortes, Washington
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 31 July 2016 via mobile

We visit the Ross Lake National Recreation Area last week. It is one of the prettiest drives that I haven been on. The Ross Lake area is about 90 minutes east of Burlington and Hwy 5. This would maike it about a 3 hour drive from most parts of the Seattle area. We just drove up and back from Hwy... More 

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Bellingham, Washington
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 June 2016

This is another beautiful stop along the North Cascades Highway in the Park. The view goes on forever with snow capped mountains and glaciers and greenery as far as you can see. This is the great Northwest.

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phillipsburg, nj
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 April 2016

This lake is just amazingly pristine. You will enjoy it. The water is always cold but oh so refreshing on a hot summer day.

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Avon, Ohio
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 January 2016

Driving the scenic North Cascades Highway (WA-20) through the North Cascades National Park complex is by far the most popular way to visit; however, the highway actually passes through the Ross Lake National Recreation Area which bisects the national park into two sections north and south of the recreational area. The reason for this is that the area was already... More 

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Bangkok, Thailand
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 September 2015

Great views of Ross Lake from far above at the overview near Diablo. Windy and fresh. Superb views of the lake and mountains when the sky is clear!

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Snoqualmie, Washington
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 August 2015

there are actually floating cabins that can be rented. if possible to make reservations do it and have a very unique vacation

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