Top Adventures in Rockport

  • Kayak Ross Lake to Cougar Island and Rainbow Point

    Start from the Ross Lake Trailhead off Highway 20.  Hike down with your vessel 1.5 miles to the hull road.  From there you can launch your vessel.   Ross Lake is very large with many destinations to paddle to.  I went to Cougar Island and Rainbow ...

  • Hike to Ross Dam

    This is a short hike at just under 2 miles round-trip, with little elevation change. The trail begins at a parking area, alongside Washington Route 20. The hike takes you through the forest to an overlook of both Ross Dam and Ross Lake, before mak...

    2 miles

  • Explore Diablo Lake

    Diablo Lake is a reservoir in the North Cascades created by Diablo Dam. The hue of the lake is created by ground up rocks from local glaciers, which end up drifting down streams into the lake.If you’ve decided to take in the viewpoints driving Hwy...

  • Hike Sourdough Mountain

    Going east from Newhalem on highway 20, turn off towards the small town of Diablo. There are signs from there on where to park. This hike is very difficult. It is very steep and gains elevation very quickly and right from the start. Once you get a...

    9.1 miles 5104 ft gain

  • Hike to Pyramid Lake

    Day hike with moderate elevation gain, 2.1 miles one way. You will be going up, up, up until you get to the top where you will find the lake. Take your time going up - take breaks and stop to check out the forest around you. There were a few times...

    2.1 miles 1500 ft gain

  • Hike to Terror Basin and Climb West McMillan Spire

     The Picket Range is a remote and rugged subrange of Washington's North Cascades. It draws very few visitors per year, and the odds of seeing another human on your adventure are very low. West McMillan Spire is an 8,000' peak located in the Sou...

    16 miles 9800 ft gain

  • Hike to Mt. Frosty, EC Manning Provincial Park

    The larch meadows on the approach to Mt. Frosty are known for 2 things: 1. Wild flowers during the summer and 2. Larches during the autumn.The trail climbs up the south end of Lightning Lake; it is well groomed and graded all the way up. The steep...

    14.2 miles 5433.1 ft gain

  • Canoe Diablo Lake

    Pack up your canoe with supplies for the day and launch from Colonial Creek Campground Area to begin your journey. As you approach the bridge to cross the lake, pull off to the parking area, there is signage for the boat launch area where you can ...

  • Camping in the North Cascades at Diablo Lake

    Diablo lake is the perfect place to camp if you're looking for solitude and natural beauty. It's northeast from Seattle in the North Cascades. Colonial Creek Campground has large camp sites right on the lake. It is first come first serve, however ...

  • Backpack to High Camp on Ruby Mountain

    Ruby Mountain is one of the North Cascades more prominent peaks, sitting high above Diablo and Ross Lakes. This trip is one for more experienced hikers with a very aggressive incline from start to finish. If that does not scare you then definitely...

    17 miles 6300 ft gain

  • Backpack Thunder Creek

    This hike along Thunder Creek in North Cascades National Park is perfect for families and beginner backpackers. The trail is at a lower elevation in the park so it is a great early-season hike, but be sure to check with the ranger station for trai...

    12 miles 1300 ft gain

  • Backpack to Fourth of July Pass from Thunder Creek

    Starting at the Colonial Creek Campgrounds, the trail starts out fairly flat taking you along Thunder Creek for about two miles to the Fourth of July Pass trail head. Once you reach here, the trail begins to climb.Beginning with switch backs, the ...

    11.2 miles 2400 ft gain

  • Nearby camping, hotels, and more

    • Rockport, Washington

      Colonial Creek South Campground

      Overview Colonial Creek South Campground in North Cascades National Park is a remote, yet bustling campground nestled in old growth forest. Located on the south side of State Route 20 near mile ma...

    • Marblemount, Washington

      Newhalem Campground

      Overview Newhalem Campground is a comfortable facility close to the town of Newhalem, Washington and the Skagit River. It is surrounded by forests that that can be explored through the area's many ...

    • Marblemount, Washington

      Upper Goodell Group Campground

      Overview Upper Goodell Group Campground is a quiet, remote facility for tent camping on the banks of Goodell Creek in North Cascades National Park. The campground is the perfect place to relax whil...

    • Marblemount, Washington

      Lower Goodell Group Campground

      Overview Lower Goodell Group Campground is a convenient site on the banks of Goodell Creek in North Cascades National Park Service Complex. Don your walking shoes and hit the trails, explore the ne...

    • Cascade River Road

      Mineral Park Campground

      Overview Mineral Park Campground is situated near the confluence of the North and South Forks of the scenic Cascade River in Mt. Baker-Snoqualmie National Forest.Scattered beneath a towering canopy...

    • Cascade River Road

      Marble Creek Campground

      Overview Situated on the banks of the scenic Cascade River in Mt. Baker-Snoqualmie National Forest, Marble Creek campground offers some of the most stunning scenery in the northern Cascade Range.Ca...

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