This root-covered and rock-strewn trail climbs steadily through the forest to a small, deep lake with views of Pyramid Peak. The dense underbrush, from salal to huckleberry, in this protected Research Natural Area is sure to keep aspiring naturalists occupied.
Elevation gain: 1,500 feet
Round trip: 4.2 miles
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Hiking time: 3 hours
Best times to hike: May to October
Family friendly: Young children may find it difficult.
Dogs: Must be on a leash
Amenities: No camping. Nearest restroom is at the Gorge Creek Overlook.
Current conditions: Several small trees have yet to be cleared from the trail. Call the North Cascades National Park Visitor Center in Newhalem at (206) 386-4495.
Permits: None required
Maps: Green Trails No. 48: Diablo Dam
Getting there: Take Interstate 5 south, exit to Highway 20 in Burlington. Follow Highway 20 east to North Cascades National Park. Soon after crossing the Gorge Lake bridge, you will see a sign on the right for Pyramid Lake trail. Drive time from Bellingham: 2 hours.
Parking: Park across the road from the trailhead.