East Bank Trail

Hike along the east bank of Ross lake for a nice cool autumn hike in the beautiful North Cascades National Park. It's 12.4 miles and 1,000 feet of elevation gain, and involves a water taxi and car shuttle.

On the Trail

Suggested Itinerary

Day 1 - Set up the car shuttle at Ross Lake Dam and Ruby Creek trailheads. Take the water taxi to Devil’s Creek, hike 5.9 miles south to Roland Creek and camp.

Day 2 - Hike to the Ruby Creek trailhead and shuttle back 4 miles to the Ross Lake Dam trailhead.


  • Camp at Colonial Creek campground Friday night to avoid waking so early Saturday morning.
  • Make this a longer, more challenging hike by hiking north on the East Bank Trail or exploring more of the trails on the east side of Ross Lake.  There are even a multi-day loop backpack options that takes you through the Pasayten Wilderness if you'd like to spend many days in remote areas of the North Cascades.
  • Suitable Activities: Backpacking, Day Hiking
  • Seasons: May, June, July, August, September, October
  • Weather: View weather forecast
  • Difficulty: Easy
  • Length: 12.4 mi
  • Elevation Gain: 1,000 ft
  • 2,500 ft
  • Land Manager: North Cascades National Park
  • Parking Permit Required: None
  • Recommended Party Size: 12
  • Maximum Party Size: 12
  • Maximum Route/Place Capacity: 12
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