Diablo & Colonial Area Day Hikes
Many hours can be spent exploring trails in the Diablo/Colonial area. There is a range of difficulty from valley paths to steep alpine treks. Distances are one-way. Hikers should be well prepared and have current information.
This loop trail starts 300 yards (270 m) up Thunder Creek Trail. It is 0.9 mile (1.4 km) long and moderately steep. Interpretive brochures can be found at in a box at the Thunder Woods trailhead.
Fourth of July Pass / Panther Creek
A steep 2.1 mile (3.4 km) trail begins at milepost 126.8 on State Route 20. Northwest Forest Pass required for trailhead parking. The trail passes through an old burn area.The area has been recolonized by lodgepole pine. Pyramid Lake is small lake with newts and rare insectivorous sundew plants growing on floating logs.
The Sourdough Mountain Trail is a steep 5 mile (8km) trail. It starts behind the domed swimming pool in the town of Diablo. An historic fire lookout and panoramic views are found at the top of Sourdough Mountain.
Diablo Lake Trail
The Ross Dam Trail leads to Ross Dam on Ross Lake. It is 0.8 miles (1.3 km) long and moderately steep. Access is at milepost 134 on State Route 20 (Northwest Forest Pass required for parking). Remember: the return hike is uphill!
Happy Creek Forest Walk
Ruby Creek Trail offers a short 0.2 mile (0.3 km) walk to Ruby Creek. The walk can continue either upstream or downstream on paths. Interpretive plaques explain the area's mining history. Ruby Creek is closed to fishing to allow native rainbow trout spawning. Northwest Forest Pass required for trailhead parking.
For Additional Information Contact:
Cascades National Park
For more information visit the National Park Service website