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Ross Lake - Desolation Peak

Wildland Trekking
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Travel Style: A lot of free time, with very few inclusions. Ideal for independent and/or low-key travelers and cruisers. Relaxed
Physical Level: Full day hiking or trekking over medium to long distances. Moderate expectation of physical fitness. Strenuous
Lodging Level: Typically involves most nights sleeping in tents (sometimes permanent tented sites) or in rustic cabins and lodges. Camping
6 days
From: $ 1,575 $ 263 / day
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Overview

Highlights

  • Stunning views of Ross Lake & the North Cascades
  • Mountain Solitude
  • Wildlife
  • Waterfalls
  • Granite Peaks
  • Old Growth Forests

Short Description

Towering peaks and old growth forests surround you on this 6-day hike along the East bank of Ross Lake. We will start on Ruby Arm - the south-eastern most inlet of Ross Lake - and hike 32 miles along the lake, over tumbling creeks and on side drainage tucked between high granite spires, until emerging just a few miles from the Canadian border. An optional layover day at Lightning Creek provides the opportunity to summit Desolation Peak and visit the famous watch tower where Jack Kerouac wrote Dharma Bums. After completing the hike, we will take a water taxi all the way back down the lake, and have a chance to see everything that we hiked from an entirely new perspective.

Private tours give you the undivided attention of a guide, and often involve special access to sites and unique experiences not available to larger groups. This is a great option for families, couples, and small friend groups. Expect to pay a bit more for the extra service.
Trip Type Private Guided
Spend most of the time outdoors. Common trip themes and activities include cycling, hiking, kayaking, whitewater rafting.
Itinerary Focus Active
Typically involves most nights sleeping in tents (sometimes permanent tented sites) or in rustic cabins and lodges.
Lodging Level Camping
Flights & Transport Only ground transport
Start City Seattle
End City Seattle

Travel Theme

Hiking & Walking

Destinations

United States

Cities & Attractions

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Activities

Hiking Rock Climbing

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Trip Includes

  • Top-of-the-line tent, sleeping pad, sleeping bag, and technical backpack
  • Use of trekking poles
  • All meals are included from breakfast the first day through lunch on the last day
  • A professional, knowledgeable, certified North Cascades National Park hiking guide
  • Comprehensive, round-trip transportation from your hotel in Seattle and back
  • All entrance fees, permits and passes
  • Emergency equipment including a company-issued first-aid kit and satellite phone
  • You will receive a Lifetime Hiking Membership entitling you, your spouse and kids to a lifetime discount of 10% off any Wild land Trekking hiking trip after your first one!

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Itinerary

Day 1

Shuttle to the trailhead: 3 hours

Hiking Mileage: 7.5 miles

Elevation Gain: 1,000 feet

This multi-day North Cascades National Park hiking trip begins with a pick up at your hotel in Seattle, and then a scenic drive into the North Cascades. When we arrive at the trailhead, we will get our packs and gear sorted out and hikes along Ruby Arm. Small inlets, glacier-fed streams, and moss-covered old growth trees will accompany us. We will turn away from Ross Lake for a few miles, climb moderately to cross Hidden Hand Pass, and then find our camp for the night at May Creek, where your guide will prepare the first of many delicious backcountry dinners.

Day 2

Hiking Mileage: 8.5 miles

Elevation Gain/Loss: Minimal

Day two takes us along the edge of Ross Lake for many miles-dramatic views of deep blue water and peaks across the lake will accompany us as we traverse north to Lightning Creek. The elevation change on Day 2 is minimal, as we’re hugging the lake all day long, but the views are spectacular, and we will watch for fish jumping and eagles flying over the lake.

Day 3

Hiking Mileage: 13.6 miles

Elevation Gain/Loss: 4,400 feet

We will spend two nights at Lightning Creek and attempt too summit Desolation Peak as a day hike. It’s a big hike, but we will leave our heavy gear behind and take only daypacks. After a pleasant 2 mile jaunt along the bank of the lake, we will start climbing quickly, and won’t stop till we reach the top of Desolation Peak at 6,102 feet. It’s a challenging hike, but the 360 degree views are stunning, and the historic fire lookout at the top-where Jack Kerouac spent 63 days in 1956-is a welcome respite. After a nice break we will head back to camp for a well-earned dinner and a good night’s sleep.

Day 4

Hiking Mileage: 6.4 miles

Elevation Gain: 1,000 feet

Elevation Loss: 400 feet

Leaving the sometimes busy Lightning Creek behind, we will switchback steeply up and get some final views of this section of Ross Lake, before dropping into beautiful Lightning Creek valley. We will make our way up Lightning Creek until we reach our campsite under some towering cedar tree. Our night here will feel very different from the wide open panoramas of Ross Lake-we will be tucked away under giant trees and get to appreciate the rugged and wild forests of the North Cascades.

Day 5

Hiking Mileage: 5.5 miles

Elevation Gain/Loss: 800 feet

Day 5 will take us further up Lightning Creek, through more old growth forest, and then up over a small pass. We will end the day by hiking out a small spur trail to Hozemeen Lake-a beautiful blue-green lake framed by the granite tower of Hozomeen Mountain. On our last night out we will keep an eye out for black bear, deer, elk, wolves-and this close to the Canadian border, maybe grizzly bears! We will eat one last delicious dinner, enjoy the reflections in the lake, and then get a good night’s rest.

Day 6

Hiking Mileage: 4 miles

Elevation Loss: 500 feet

Our last morning will be bittersweet-we will leave the solitude of Hozomeen Lake behind, and wind our way through the forest until we begin descending back towards Ross Lake. As we approach the bank, we will get new panoramas, looking west and south across Ross Lake. At just a few miles from the border, we will have reached a place that’s accessible only by foot, or by a very long and circuitous drive through Canada. It will be strange to see people again after the solitude found at Hozomeen Lake, but we won’t linger long. We will get picked up by a water taxi and boat all the way back to the south end of the lake. We will return to the vehicle, bid farewell to Ross Lake, and drive back towards Seattle, where soft beds and warm showers await you in your hotel.

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I was strategically looking for a high solitude, fun, adventurous, nature explosion, llama led, recharging, decompressing, tasty morsel, glamping vacation. I got every bit of that!!! The Wild Wyoming trip in mid-July brought perfect weather, ongoing rivers, streams, creeks, beautiful views from Hoback Mountain (and all along the way), two waterfalls, colorful flowers, wildlife, fire pit time before bed, and AWESOME guides (Alex & Grace). So happy with Wildland providing us a WONDER-FULL vacation! It exceeded my expectations!
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Kayaking and backpacking in the Smokey Mountains with guides Francisco and Ben was life changing. I’ve always wanted to get “off the cut” but didn’t trust my gear or my skills. This is the perfect setting for someone like me. My gear kept me dry during the most amazing rain storm ever and the guides cooked meals that were tasty and nutritional. The best part of my trip was when our guides shared their knowledge and stories of backing packing on various trails. So much knowledge in one spot. I am still in awe!
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Hike was super enjoyable and the views were amazing

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2019 Summer: Our Best of Yosemite 5 Day Hike was super enjoyable and the views were amazing. Our Guide Carmelina knew Yosemite like the back of her hand, we saw all of the main attractions and a lot of hidden gems as well. She even got us reservations in the Ahwahnee Lodge for dinner one night which was super special. Be prepared to hike a lot! In total we logged 95,000 Steps and just over 45 miles, ALL of it worth it.

2018 Summer: Our 3 Day hike through Havasupai Trail was incredible. Our guides Tom and Ryan did a great job keeping us fed, setting up an awesome camp, and taking care of any minor scratches that happened. Will definitely use Wildland for future hikes.
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Fantastic experience on the Best of the Grand Canyon inn-based hike tour. We enjoyed all aspects of our time and felt safe with our experienced guide. We would do it again in a heartbeat! Experiences such as these are what makes for self-development, reflection, and contentedness in the midst of a physical challenge! I loved the advice regarding preparation prior to the trip. The staff was very helpful from the time of booking through the last minute of our trip. FANTASTIC, thank you Wildland Trekking!
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I cannot say enough great things about Wildland. The staff was SO helpful leading up to our trip. I am the one with a million questions and not once did anyone act frustrated. I spoke to one employee (Shane) on the phone for over 30 minutes. He was so helpful as I was preparing and packing for my trip. Then, things got even better when we lucked up with Dara Kelly as our guide. She was AMAZING! She was knowledgeable, super friendly and quite the chef too! Anything we needed, she was there. After we made it to camp one day, Dara asked and let us decide as a group if we were up for an optional hike out to Plateau Point. We were all in and excited for side hike. I am so thankful for this as it was my favorite part of the entire trip! Dara packed up her backpack and cooked dinner for us out there. It was awesome!! I will definitely book our next hiking trip through Wildland!
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Our family used Wildland Trekking for a day of hiking in the Rocky Mountains. Emily our guide did a great job listening to our requests and took us on two beautiful hikes offering us up high and down low views. Without the knowledge of Wildland Trekking we would have never hiked the Ute Trail. Absolutely incredible experience with lifetime memories.❤️❤️
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Flights & Transport

Only ground transport

Group Size:

Intimate Group - 12 max

The standard group size on North Cascades backpacking trips is 6 guests and 1 guide, with a maximum of 10 guests and 2 guides.

Guides

Guides

Your tour will be led by a trained, experienced professional with a solid guiding background, years of personal wilderness and hiking experience, medical certifications, and a passion for leading people into breath-taking landscapes. Check out our Meet Our Team page for staff bios.

Guide Working Parameters

Guides are required to take 8 hours off each 24-hour period to sleep, recuperate, take personal/down time...etc. In addition, as part of the 8 hours off they must sleep/rest or be in their tents/rooms uninterrupted for a minimum of 5 hours each night. We ask guests to respect these requirements and to not interrupt guides' off time and sleep time unless there is a true emergency.

Additional Information:

Meals: What to Expect

All of our hiking and backpacking tours include a diversity of tasty meals packed full of critical carbohydrates, proteins and fats. We carry foods that travel well in the back country - rice, pastas, lentils, beans, couscous, packaged meats, nuts, breads, oatmeal, granola, and more.

For optimal taste and energy, we supplement all our meals with spices, herbs, oils, cheeses, butter, sugar, and fruits and vegetables (fresh and dried). In addition, we provide you with with an assortment of trail mix, snacks, and dried fruits to eat at your own discretion.

We regularly accommodate vegan, vegetarian, kosher and non-gluten diets and will make adjustments for food allergies. These and other special dietary requests may require an additional fee.

Gear we Provide

We provide all group gear which includes the following:

  • Deuter or Osprey backpacks
  • Sierra Designs, Kelty or Big Agnes tents
  • Sierra Designs, Kelty, Big Agnes and Mountain Hardware sleeping bags
  • Thermarest or Big Agnes sleeping pads
  • Leki or Black Diamond trekking poles
  • Cooking stoves and cookware
  • Company-issued first-aid kit
  • Satellite phone

What Gear to Bring

We ask that you supply a couple of gear items on your hiking tour. These items are two 1-liter water bottles per person and either a headlamp or flashlight per person. Basic items like sunscreen, bug repellent (where and when applicable), lip balm, and toiletries are also important. All of these items are available online at Wild land Trekking Outfitters.

What Clothes to Bring

Please refer to the trip packet for a recommended clothing list (we email you a detailed trip packet when you inquire and when you register). All trips require a sturdy pair of hiking shoes or hiking boots (reliable brands include Montrail, Lowa, Merrell, Vasque, and Salomon), rain gear, and non-cotton and cotton clothing layers. A minimum of three pairs of wool or synthetic hiking socks are also required. All of these items are available online at Wild land Trekking Outfitters.

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Trip Excludes

  • Clothes, rain gear, and footwear
  • Sunscreen, toiletries and personal items
  • Water bottles and a headlamp or flashlight
  • Guide gratuity (industry recommendation is 10-20% of trip cost)
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