Explore the most popular nature trips trails near Mazama with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers and nature lovers like you.

hiking
2 days ago

Hiked Friday 13th. We foolishly left our video camera and tripod at the trailhead with all of our family vacation videos on it. We were able to do the entire loop starting clockwise with just hiking boots. Had to be careful along a few snow fields but it was truly amazing. I’m 47 and not in the best shape... it took us 5 hours with lunch at the summit. The husband and teen daughters had to wait for me slowly walking uphill but I did fine on the downhill. It was the best family hike ever, except for losing our prized footage on the camera. Please email me if you found it.... we would be so appreciative. We didn’t realize it was gone until we reached Mr Ranier NP today. :0( Wendyteach@yahoo.com

on Maple Pass Trail

hiking
4 days ago

Today (7/12/18) I completed the loop going clockwise. It was a totally spectacular hike! I first encountered snow on the trail roughly 1.8 miles from the trailhead. Once I reached the ridge there were more and much larger snowfields. I brought crampons with me, but I never needed them. My poles were enough to help provide stability (with careful footing). The views were some of the best I’ve ever experienced and will definitely go on this hike again when I am in the area.

hiking
8 days ago

Hiked on 7/6 but only able to get to Heather Meadows due to snow. We didn’t bring trekking poles, but it still looked sketchy so we didn’t want to risk it. Still a beautiful hike with lots of wildflowers. Can’t wait to go the entire loop again!

There is still some pretty sketchy snow at the top but I would imagine it should be gone soon. Definately worth the views!

hiking
12 days ago

Hiked on 7/3 clockwise (turn left at the trail head). The trail leading up to Maple Pass was pretty easy to follow, couple of snow fields, but nothing too long. Plenty of footsteps to follow. The ridge leading up to Maple Pass is snow free, this is the part with the best views. Maple Pass is snowed in, and the last couple of feet to get on top of the pile of snow are on an almost vertical snow wall (10 feet high?). Snow seemed stable. Continuing on after Maple Pass it is all snow 1/3 of the way, many footprints and animal prints. We were able to find the path, but it required time. There was a part that looked dangerous, closer to where the snow field ends - all snow on a slope. This is where many people climbing the counterclockwise direction turned back. It looks more dangerous looking up, than down. We had just hiking boots and trekking poles and were able to make it through this part with extra care, but I wouldn't recommend it. This part is about 10 minutes walking time. If you just want to reach the top, it would be easier to start clockwise and then head back the same way.

hiking
15 days ago

Attempted 7/2 around noon. Giving this a 5, despite having to turn back due to trail conditions. The trail got pretty difficult to follow towards the peak due to snow, and my GPS stopped working halfway up. There were lots of footprints veering off in different directions that I felt iffy about following. The snow was also very unstable and soft. Still, this hike is beautiful and definitely one I’ll be returning to. There were forest service crews working on clearing the parking lot when I exited the trail. The didn’t seem too thrilled about the cars parked along the road leading up to the parking lot, but also didn’t explicitly say that it was an issue.

hiking
15 days ago

Hiked on 7/1 ...Amazing hike .. still some snow at the initial part .. and at the top as well. Had to search for the trail track when you reach towards the peak . The hike is at the higher side of moderate .. with constant elevation gain .. but the views from the top of rainy lake and lake Ann are amazing and worth the hike .. hardly saw people though we started late at 2 pm and took our time reaching the top .. could not complete the whole loop due to snow on the peak and seemed unsafe (looks like you can do whole loop starting July when snow melts) .

hiking
15 days ago

This was an nice trail. The very slow incline was enjoyable and not taxing. The views of the various ridges and at the lake are amazing. It was well traveled on this sunny day. Well maintained. Lots of parking.

Hiked in mid-June. Snow in parking lot, but was able to park close to the south trailhead. Mild snow for the first 0.5 miles until you reach the fork. Take a right towards Maple Pass (signs are well marked at the fork). Snow free trail for the next mile, then there was deep snow for the remainder of the trek. Highly recommend trekking poles and crampons/micro spikes with gaiters. We bushwhacked our way up the ridge, as you can see the trail only intermittently. Some route finding needed. We were able to hike 3+ miles in, just prior to turning north and looping back. There is still heavy snow that completely covered the trail and we couldn't safely continue across the exposed 50+ degree mountain side. Still made for an excellent hike, and you're rewarded with some of the best views of the Cascades once you reach alpine. Note- We saw the biggest marmot we've ever seen near the pass. Even as an in-and-out (without being able to complete the loop due to snow conditions) this trail is exceptional!

hiking
23 days ago

The parking lot still has some snow but I didn’t find it difficult to park along the entrance. I started my hike around 2pm (a little late if you plan on doing the full loop, as the snow is loose). I ended up going to the right (counter clockwise) which I wish I hadn’t due to the terrain. I reached the lake easily and decided to climb down to check it out. Im sure there’s a trail somewhere but I just crawled down the boulders (unadvertised). Once you get past the lake the snow begins and the trail is essentially gone. I put on my micro spikes and had my axe available due to the steepness of the slope. I followed some old tracks until I crested the top of the lake and the human tracks disappeared and there were some rather large bear tracks (hopefully no correlation haha) . I spent about 30 minuets enjoy the incredible views and decided to continue the loop, following the ridge line as my handrail. Once I got to the other side of the lake there were some steep cliff faces and technical traverses down. I lost the trail more times than I felt comfortable with but ended up back on track soon enough. For a good 75% of the way down the trail was covered in snow so be cautious. I finished the loop around 6ish and still had plenty of daylight. If you plan on doing the full loop be careful and bring the right equipment.

one of the best in the cascades, especially in the fall. Fantastic color. not, however, an easy hike.

hiking
1 month ago

Absolutely stunning trail, did this solo in a few hours last summer. The lake itself is beautiful and would be a great standalone, but then you start climbing and end up with unbeatable 360 views. I've hiked all over the country and this is simply one of the best day hikes.

hiking
3 months ago

Visited last summer and the views were UNREAL. We did the loop in a clockwise direction, heading left at the trailhead; if you hike this way, then all of the elevation gain is done in the first mile or so and there are views the rest of the hike as well as a downward slope the rest of the 6 or so miles. Conversely, if you hike the loop counterclockwise, there will be a lot more uphill hiking as the elevation gain is spread out over the miles.

hiking
4 months ago

A fairly easy hike with gorgeous views of mountains and lakes. Mid-July, there was still plenty of snow in the upper parts, so hiking poles and good boots come highly recommended. We hiked it in the counter-clockwise direction and we thought the last steep descent was quite hard on the knees but nothing unbearable. If you prefer a less steep descent, go clockwise though.
All in all, a really nice hike with quite a few people on the trail.

hiking
6 months ago

bad knees(like me)? -> walk it clockwise...and use poles.
great knees? -> walk it, run it, etc; direction irrelevant.
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I grew up taking my family vacations out in this area. my parents would take my brother and I to lake ann every year. We would go fishing and visit with campers and swim, etc. I have many fond memories of this place. I especially remember how I could hear grown ups up on the ridge talking as they went on an "adult hike." this year, my husband and I spent a week out in the cascades and I was so excited to not only share my memories with him but to walk maple pass. as we were walking to the trailhead, a hornet decided to sting me (jerk) and it hurt like hell. I was also recovering from an ear infection and head cold from 3 days earlier. I would not be deterred...onward in a clockwise fashion we went. at 38 I have horrible knees (sx on my right and broke my "good" knee, the left one, 2 years ago). I am glad we got the steep stuff out of the way going up. if not for saving my knees, but for the insane indescribable monumental breathtaking views. the most steep parts were in the treeline. once you've cleared that, put on your hat and sunscreen (we hiked on September 1st) and stay hydrated. We ate some of the best huckleberries walking the last 4 switchbacks to the top. We had a great lunch and marvelled at the panoramic beauty. after a 30 min lunch we headed down and around lake ann not before getting a peekaboo view of Lewis lake. the descent going clockwise was so nice and kept the swelling and pain to barely noticeable. We made great time on both the ascent and descent. lake ann has changed since I was a kid. it's grown in around most of it and there no camping allowed. my only (minor) gripe is to the public at large: read all trails or wta or the parks info on a trail before going on a hike so you know what your getting into. We passed quite a few people in flat soled tennis shoes, no hats and minimal water and quite a few asked us how much longer to the top (green trails are GREAT maps sold at REI...when the last lady we saw whined at me asking how much further, I pulled out my map to show her location and she was stunned saying, oh my, you have a map and everything wow). Being ill prepared and complaining about it isn't fun, for anyone.

Most beautiful hike I've done yet.

Views are stunning! It was great but you need spikes and poles, gets slippery on the way down.
We did counter clockwise, should have done another way around.

9 months ago

By far my favorite hike I've done. Beautiful views, I began to the right of the loop, my poles definitely came in handy on the way down. Happy hiking!

hiking
9 months ago

Hiked this trail with our yellow lab and had a great time. We got to the trailhead around 11:30 am and went clockwise (wanted to avoid a slippery, steep descent)—the trip was exactly four hours roundtrip, with lots of stops along the way. Wear plenty of layers, and come prepared for the snow. We had our yak tracks on and it saved us from a ton of tumbles.

hiking
9 months ago

Hiked Sunday Oct. 8th between 2:00pm and 7:30pm ish; overnight snow pack made some parts very slippery, crampons/trekking poles would have helped. So beautiful though! The butt bruises were worth the views

Snow capped mountains and fall colors out in blazing tangerine, red and yellows! The alder trees in their yellow with the mountain contrast. I hike that anyone really can do and enjoy. Cutthroat Lake with neon green grass and the reflection of Falls Majesty! Wow! What a treat. :)

This hike only gets a five star rating because of the snow covered larches. What an incredible setting for the yellow trees blanketed by the white snow. The trail is gradual and we made the pass with the snow covered trail in two hours. This also works as one way hike to the Cutthroat Pass TH as this one start from Rainy Pass. Spikes werent needed but could have been used as the trail was snow covered about half the way. It was soft enough that it wasnt slippery yet.

hiking
9 months ago

I combined this with Lake Ann and Rainy Lake as well to make a nice day hike. Spectacular views from Maple Pass looking down into the mountain "bowl" where the lake nestles at the bottom. Very steep up to the Pass, and obviously no trees to buffer the wind. Trail finding is easy, plenty of shade in the beginning of the trail and a great place to eat lunch at Lake Ann. Bring plenty of water and layered clothing for the wind at the top. Great trail for those who aren't new to hiking!

hiking
9 months ago

Incredible hike! Left at 2:30pm and finished at around 6:15pm right at dusk. There were 4 of us and a dog, which slowed us down a little bit. We went to the left at the beginning of the trail which means we did the sharp incline as the beginning of the trip. So beautiful!

Very beautiful!!!! Like others have said going counterclockwise is easier, we are glad we did! Elevation change meant snow at the top, as long as we kept moving we were warm enough though!

9 months ago

Bucket list hike - spectacular.

Nice trail, a bit of snow at top. Overall good.
Many animals on the way.

hiking
9 months ago

Awesome views and worth the effort. We had snow at top and did see a massive bear (at a good distance). A top rated hike - don't skip it. We logged it just over 7 miles.

Went a few days ago. Saw two bears. One was a brownish black bear that people thought was a grizzly bear.

hiking
9 months ago

Beautiful hike. The more challenging end of "moderate" Hiked it counter clock wise. The descent is hard on the knees. Fall colors are starting to show.

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