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“a few thoughts on ross lake trip”

Ross Lake National Recreation Area
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Owner description: Peaceful area great for picnicking and hiking.
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“a few thoughts on ross lake trip”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 July 2011

Just back form a wonderful week on Ross Lake. What would I have liked to know before we left for our trip? 1. Canoeing gear rented from Ross Lake Resort is of high quality and appropriate for the conditions. Though they do not rent dry suits. Traveling with young-ish children, I do recommend them. The suits also made for much more pleasant and longer-lasting swimming sessions. 2. I estimate that for every hour you canoe up-lake, it will take you three hours to canoe down-lake (back to Ross Lake Resort and the dam). We had fair and pleasant weather, but still, even the moderate breeze was enough resistance to give one a good workout. 3. The poop shacks (aka outhouses) are right next to the camping spots. Be prepared for a pungent odor unless you are lucky enough to land a spot at a distance, or upwind. Also, just because you reserved a "group site" be prepared for not enough sites to set up your tent. We spent a night at a "group site" that had two tent pads. We were a gorup of seven with a total of four tents.

Visited July 2011
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“A beautiful, remote connection to nature”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 June 2011

We stayed 3 nights at Ross Lake Resort. I felt a little intimidated at first by how complicated it is to get there, but it was really not bad. There's a designated Ross Lake parking area at the Diablo Lake ferry dock. You have to carry all your stuff down the steps to the ferry dock, but it's pretty easy after that. The twice-daily ferry takes you to the other side of Diablo Lake, where you're met by the friendly people from Ross Lake Resort. They drive you and your bags in the back of a flat-bed truck overland to Ross Lake. There, you're met by another boat, which takes you directly to your cabin at Ross Lake Resort.

The office at RLL has lots of games and puzzles that you can borrow and return at your leisure. The people working there were as friendly and helpful as can be. They gave us life jackets for our kids to use for the duration of our stay (since the cabins are directly on the water, we had them wear lifejackets while playing outside).

We rented a motorboat from RLL one day and explored the lake. We were there in June, which is early in the season and still cool there, and except for a few kayakers, we had the lake to ourselves. We found a beautiful beach with a waterfall, where we got out to explore. We also hiked the trail from RLL to Ross Dam.

Ross Lake NRA is a unit of the North Cascades National Park. You can stop at the visitor center on your way into Newhalem. They have a movie about the park and lots of interesting displays. If you have kids, they can earn a Junior Ranger badge there.

Note that there is no food available at Ross Lake Resort, so you need to bring in all your food and beverages with you. In Newhalem, there is only a "General Store", which has convenience-store type food. Your best bet is to stop for groceries before you get to Newhalem.

Visited June 2011
9 Thank Cocobam
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“Ross Lake worthy of taking the time to Ferry to a Hike”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 October 2009

We learned from others on here that you could get a Ferry to the hiking trails along Ross Lake Recreational Area via Ross Lake Lodge. This option allowed us to hike from Hozomeen Campground along the Canadian Border to hike all the way to Ligthning Creek Landing some 14 miles to the south. But it was an amazing opportunity to hike in a pristine setting without another soul on the trail but you. In fact we actually hiked for 7 hours and only saw one other person on the trail all day and that person very much surprised us and was not until we had already hiked 5 miles in. This was the longest and most seculed hike I have ever done. It was another part of an amazing NW Pacific Vacation.

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