Explore Diablo Lake

Washington Diablo Lake Lookout

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Get your photo of this North Cascades Landmark and take in the lush turquoise/green water color.

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 20 through the park, be sure to check out Liberty Bell as well.

If you’re up for being more active and moving around, check out Trappers Peak / Thornton Lake

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  • Camera
  • Good tunes for the car ride
  • Snacks
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Beginner

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Spring, Summer, Autumn

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3 months ago

breathtaking

this is easily one of the most beautiful lakes i've ever seen! an absolute must during the summer because the color of the water is unreal.

3 months ago

10 months ago

Amazing color

This quick stop off Highway 20 is a must-do if you're in the park. The color of Diablo Lake is just incredible. And with no effort required, you'd be crazy not to have a look!

10 months ago

over 1 year ago

Diablo is Awesome

Definitely one of my favorite views in the North Cascades National Park and is very easily accessible. If your driving through the park or area this is a must see stop!

over 1 year ago

over 2 years ago

This is worth doing!

over 2 years ago

over 2 years ago

Hwy 20 is an amazing motorcycle ride. We rode down to the dam and parked right on top. Gorgeous, as is Liberty Bell, too!

over 2 years ago

Added by Scott Kranz

Full-time commercial and editorial photographer specializing in outdoor sports, lifestyle, landscapes, and travel photography.

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