Hozomeen Lake

June 06, 2004

The trail is located in North Cascades National Park and the only access is by an unpaved road from the Canadian side.

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After crossing the border you follow the signs for the short 3.5 mile hike.

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The park encompasses five life zones. from rich lowland valleys through dense forests to the tops of glacier-covered peaks, then back down to the arid eastern slopes.

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On the hiking trails, archeologists have found artifacts showing that some of this trails were used by the natives for the past 8000 years. 

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Ross Lake is an important source of hydroelectricity for Seattle City Light but compared to the American side, Ross Lake on the Canadian side is nothing but a mile of mud flats and dead trees. 

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On WWII the British Columbia government, for only a dollar an acre signed away the water rights and gave to Seattle City Light the right to raise Ross Dam and flood a further 10 miles of the Skagit Valley. 

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In 1965 the dam was started to be build and a mass protest in the valley originated a 20-year negotiation.

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In 1985 an agreement was reached and now BC is supplying cheap power from its Columbia Dam System.

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Driving distance from Vancouver: 205 km (128 mi)