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Willow Lake Trail

North Cascades

Location

North Cascades -- North Cascades Highway - Hwy 20
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Length

23.5 miles, one-way

Elevation

Highest Point: 2880 ft.

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Parking Pass/Entry Fee

National Park Pass
Road Closed 11/11/21: The North Cascades Highway is closed between the Ross Dam Trailhead at milepost 134 and the Silver Star Gate at milepost 171 for the winter.
 
 

The Willow Lake Trail is part of the East Bank Trail in the North Cascades National Park. Willow Lake is a small lake along the route and sits on the north end of Ross Lake, a hop, skip and jump from the Canadian border.

Hikers will have to start at the East Bank Trailhead along Highway 20 and walk nearly the entire eastern shore of Ross Lake before reaching Willow Lake. This part of the hike starts out in the forest before following right along the lake shore for many miles. After a little over 15 miles, the trail turns east and climbs up a valley on the Lightning Creek segment, which swings back to he west, trending towards the lake again and passing by Willow Lake. There is camping at the lake, but hikers need to get a backcountry camping permit to stay the night. Sidetrips along the way include Desolation Peak and Hozomeen Lake.

 

Willow Lake Trail

Map & Directions

Trailhead
Co-ordinates: 48.7079, -120.9779 Open map in new window

Trailhead

North Cascades -- North Cascades Highway - Hwy 20

North Cascades National Park

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Getting There

From Marblemount, drive east on Highway 20 for 33.0 miles until you arrive at the trailhead on the left side of the highway. There is enough parking for about 25 cars.

Parking Pass/Entry Fee

National Park Pass
Road Closed 11/11/21: The North Cascades Highway is closed between the Ross Dam Trailhead at milepost 134 and the Silver Star Gate at milepost 171 for the winter.
 

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