Diablo Lake Overlook
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Chuck E
Fircrest, WA170 contributions
Oct 2020
Skagit County, Washington is home to both Diablo Lake and Ross Lake. They both are accessible from Hwy.20 from Interstate 5 about 40-50 miles to the east. At one point Ross Lake enters Canada for the last 5 1/2 miles of its northern tip. The total length of the lake is about 23 miles long or so.
You need to be able to do some climbing if you want to get down to either lake at ground level. Hwy 20 is pretty high up but for those who don't want to walk down, each lake has a car park and pull over from Hwy 20 to view the lakes. I personally feel the views of the lakes and their aquamarine water color are best viewed from above. Remember, it's easier going down to the lake than it is coming back up; especially for those of us who are seniors or not in the best shape to walk up and down the hills.
This stop was a nice finale to our car trip around the North Cascades Loop. This was pretty much the last week that travelling here without any weather conditions to worry about as well. We were gone the week of Oct. 5th to the 11th. Since then our climate has become rainier and the temps have dropped substantially. We had the top down on the car the entire trip during the day time. I wouldn't recommend this trip from now until Spring time.
Written October 23, 2020
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GoAlong2
Seattle, WA872 contributions
Aug 2020
This overlook along Hwy 20 provides great views of the lake behind Diablo dam as well as of the forested mountains surrounding it. The viewpoint is several hundred feet above the lake and there are great views of the emerald water below. (The color is created by the glacial silt in the water.) There are interpretive signs along the walkway that describe the geology and history of the area. There are restrooms at the far end of the parking lot. A must-see stop if you are touring the highway through the North Cascades.
Written August 29, 2020
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Becki C
Marshfield, WI244 contributions
Aug 2021
What a gorgeous lake. The view from the top really lets you see it in all it's beauty. There is entry from the lake below that can be found following the highway. It was super cold in the heat of August...we did see a family swimming but it is a COLD swim.
Written September 12, 2021
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Rebecca G
Winter Springs, FL71 contributions
Sep 2022 • Couples
We hiked the Diablo Lake Trail from the North Cascades Institute parking lot to the ferry. It was around 4.5 miles and while some of the views of the lake and dam were ok, nothing was spectacular. It was a lot of climbing for very little payoff. Fortunately we made it to the ferry in time (and had $10 cash per person) to hitch a ride back to our car. Views from the ferry were so much better than on the hike.
Written September 10, 2022
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Charles S
Northamptonshire, UK872 contributions
Sep 2019
On our enjoyable journey on Hwy 20 from Seattle to Winthrop, my wife and I stopped here (and why wouldnt you!?) to admire this truly breathtaking view. There are many viewpoints to enjoy Diablo Lake and the view shown in the picture. It's so good, it doesn't look real.
Written March 3, 2020
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PandaHouston
Houston, TX6,231 contributions
Aug 2021
You won't believe your eyes when you see Diablo Lake. It is literally a milky green color. The Overlook is super easy to get to off Highway 20. Just park, walk a few steps and you can get an amazing view. I would say the view is even better than the one you get hiking the 3.3 mile Thunder Knob Trail.

We came on Tuesday 8/10 and Wednesday 8/11. Luckily the wildfires did not ruin our views. We did have to cancel our Winthrop hotel and stay in Bellingham instead.
Written August 20, 2021
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Rushil Dedhia
Mumbai, India168 contributions
May 2022 • Friends
A popular stop along the North Cascades NP drive. Well worth a stop for the lake surrounded by the mountains. Weather can play a role though - the crystal blue colours are usually only on sunny days
Written July 14, 2022
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Christina B
Louisiana2,613 contributions
Aug 2021 • Couples
I’m not sure if it was because it had rained earlier and a very heavy mist was hanging over the water or smoke from the fires east mixed in. Sorry that we couldn’t really see much. Still a nice place to stop & look around.
Written August 4, 2021
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jkweebs
Omaha, NE554 contributions
Jun 2021
I think one of the great things about North Cascades National park is that a lot of really great sites can be see with little effort. Diablo Lake overlook is a great example. You get a great 180 degree view of the lake and dam. It is easy to walk to from the parking lot. This is a must stop.
Written July 3, 2021
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luckyv
Coldwater, OH116 contributions
Sep 2021
This stop is a must. The view of the lake is breathtaking. The blue green color is something you will not believe is real. It is one of the most beautiful sights in the lower 48 states. It’s a true AWE moment.
Written October 6, 2021
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