If seeing the North Cascades is on your pupper's barket list, then head over to the Diablo Lake Trail! One of the dog-friendly trails in the North Cascades National Park, this 3.8-mile, out-and-back path will treat you and your pooch to a slightly challenging, yet very scenic hike. Be sure to bring your camera so you can take photos of all the woofderful views along the way!
The Diablo Lake Trail begins at the North Cascades Environmental Learning Center. The center offers restrooms and information, so you may want to stop here before setting off. Follow the trail up a gentle incline through old-growth forest, and when you and Fido reach the 1,500-foot mark, you will come across the dry stream bed of Deer Creek. About 1.5 miles in, pawse at the unsigned overlook to admire Diablo Lake's vibrant blue waters. As you continue on your hike, you will be greeted by views of Pyramid, Colonial, Snowfield, and Davis Peaks. Don't get too distracted, though; a gorge with 700-foot waterfalls is up next, so make sure Fido stays close!
Soon after the 2.5-mile mark, you and your pooch will reach the signed overlook of Ross Dam. After taking in the scenery, you may turn around and go back to the trailhead, or proceed to see the suspension bridge. Note that the switchbacks that lead down to the bridge are steep, so it's probably a good idea to skip this part and head back if you're with your furry pal.
Keep Fido on a leash at all times and be sure to bring enough water for the both of you. If your doggo does their business during your hike, clean up after them immediately so that everyone can have a pawsitive experience on the trail. Two- and four-legged hikers alike will surely enjoy the Diablo Lake Trail!