The Ross Lake National Recreation Area separates the North and South sections of North Cascades National Park and features not only the 23-mile long Ross Lake, but also the equally emerald waters of the enchanting Diablo Lake. Serving as one of the best ways to see the splendor of Diablo Lake and the surrounding region, the Diablo Lake trail treats hikers to views of the otherworldly landscapes that are unique to the North Cascades. The seven miles it takes to trek out and back on the Diablo Lake trail starts at the North Cascades Institute parking lot and heads into the wilderness from there, exposing the different peaks that define this region, as well as views of old-growth forests, waterfalls, and the enchanting waters of Diablo Lake.
The Copper Ridge trail is a strenuous adventure into the heart of the North Cascade Mountains that features a ridgeline atmosphere, miles of subalpine meadows, and many ways to explore this rugged mountain trail. More geared towards overnight backpackers, who must obtain a backcountry permit before heading out, the Copper Ridge Trail in combination with the connecting Chilliwack River and Brush Creek trail, including Whatcom Pass, can provide more than 30 miles of trail displaying everything the North Cascades has to offer. All the adventure of this area is accessed outside of the park at the Hannegan Pass trailhead, and no matter how far you go or how many nights you spend in this wondrous environment, you’ll feel firsthand what makes North Cascades National Park a true national treasure.