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DESCRIPTION FOR THE EAST BANK ROSS LAKE DAY HIKE ON THE PNT
A Whatcom County hike
Note: The trailhead is accessible by car only when the North Cascades Highway (Highway 20) is open.
1. Driving instructions: From Sedro-Woolley drive east on State Highway 20 to near milepost 138. There is a large parking area here.
2. Data: This hike is in the Ross Lake National Recreation Area. The hike description below is for a 7.8 mile-round trip hike with a total elevation gain of about 1500 feet. SWITMO gives it a rating of moderate.
The hike begins
near the toilet facility and goes downhill about 0.1 mile to Ruby
Creek and a large stock bridge. As the hiker looks upstream one
sees the confluence of Panther Creek and Ruby Creek. Do not take
the Happy/Panther trailhead which is at the north end of the parking
area. That is a different hike.
Once down to Ruby
Creek, cross the bridge. The PNT goes left, uphill. The trail
that goes off to the right is the Ruby Creek Trail and this is a
nice hike along Ruby Creek to Canyon Creek, about 3 miles upstream.
After going uphill
a ways, the trail levels off onto an old roadbed which is the result
of a 1930’s road building attempt to link the Skagit River
with Harts Pass.
meanders, going in and out of small canyons. At about the 2.8 mile
point there is a four-way intersection. Going straight ahead and
eventually down hill about 0.5 mile takes the hiker to Ross Lake.
This is a nice turn-around point. At the main intersection, the
trail that angles off sharply to the right goes up the steep Little
Jack Mountain Trail. The PNT goes less-sharply right, going
gradually uphill to the Hidden Hand Pass at 3.9 miles from the
The PNT continues
beyond Hidden Hand Pass but this is a good turn-around point for the