Ross, Diablo & Gorge Lakes

Why go to Europe for the Alps when we have the beautiful North Cascades 3 hours from Seattle? Enjoy fun and time relaxing, camping, paddling, swimming, hiking and just being lazy on a sunny dock. Explore creeks, canyons, rapids, waterfalls and all kinds of birds and critters in a different kind of paddling paradise.

on the water

diablo lake

Diablo Lake is a splendid trip in a kayak with tantalizing jade-green waters, a tempestuous but enchanting place surrounded by old forests, intriguing rock chasms, high peaks and glacier ice. The five miles from Colonial Creek to Diablo Dam inundates a deep gorge on the Skagit River once known as Box Canyon. Diablo Lake receives the flow of many glaciers, including Boston Glacier high on the flanks of 8,845-foot Mount Forbidden. That gorgeous green is caused by tiny rock particles eroded by the ice. Paddle from Colonial Creek to Diablo Dam and back or explore more of the lake before returning.

  • Difficulty: Sea Kayak III
  • Length: 50.0 nm
Map
  • Trails Illustrated North Cascades National Park
  • Green Trails Diablo Dam No. 48
  • Green Trails Ross Lake No. 16
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