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

on Rainy Lake Trail

hiking
12 days ago

Easy trail, paved, and good walk (not really a hike) with top notch, almost unbelievable view for the little effort expended. Great for families, those traveling with small children, those not able to do moderate to strenuous hikes, or those who have trouble with elevation gain. Great stop for hike-in/backcountry cold water swimmers experienced with sub-50 temps and limited entry/exit points. Beautiful rainbow trout along shoreline. Day of arrival water temp approximately 49 provided a good half hour of safe swimming followed by lunch on the bench. Perfect driving hike-in-to-swim break!

This is a lovely hike that is worth the views. I biked up the first 2.4 miles, decided it was safer for my skill level to hike the rest :). I saw 4 others who biked the whole trail, I would recommend it for fit, skilled riders. The usual dirt, rocks, roots and stream crossings (that didn’t get your feet wet at this time of year). It’s always fun to reach the PCT and see through-hikers about ready to finish that incredible journey.

Nice, easy hike to bring the dogs on. Easy to access. Gorgeous golden larches everywhere! .

bugs have mostly died off! amazing area. the hike has a very steady incline... pretty easy on the knees

This trail says it’s open year round but be warned it is winter-only access from town. We tried to access it near the skate rink and it’s a private road with big no hiking signs. Evidently you will have your park privileges taken away if you try to walk it. You will have to get in your car and drive up towards Sun Mountain to find an access. Very frustrating that the info on their website and on this app is incorrect.

walking
2 months ago

Easy walk, beautiful lake.

Great for all skill levels with beautiful views door a short hike

hiking
2 months ago

We were there the first week of August 2018. Very easy hike - we were there with our daughters who are 5 and 9 years old as well as with the grandparents (68 y/o). Beautiful view of the mountains, and a beautiful lake. We saw it from afar while doing Maple Pass trail and decided to take the grandparents here. Once at the lake, we took the trail that goes to the right of the lake and gives you some pretty views!!!
Nice easy trail for young kids and people who prefer a more easy going route.

hiking
3 months ago

Great easy hike. Lake is awesome. Worth the time to go see it.

Really enjoyed this hike. There was a lot of smoke from the fires, but down by the falls was clear.

Did this hike yesterday. All downed trees have been cleared. Nice easy hike. The falls are incredible. Perfect time of year for this hike.

Rough roads to get to it, but it was a really nice hike with a great view!

on Rainy Lake Trail

3 months ago

Easy nice trail to enjoy with non hiking family members on a drive though the cascades.

Great hike through the trees with beautiful falls at the end.

great hike, great trail, great views. Lots of hungry bugs.

Easy paved trail. The alpine lake and waterfalls are absolutely stunning.

Overall great hike! Come prepared

hiking
4 months ago

Great little hike but lots of trees down blocking the path.

Went all the way to Cutthroat Pass today 7/5. The trail is in excellent summer shape. It was mud and snow free until about a 1/3 mile from the pass. At that point there were just a handful of snow patches here and there that were easy to navigate through or around. There is a larger snow field right below the pass that obscured the last little bit of trail but it was easy to navigate. Really beautiful views the whole way but the view from the top is truly incredible-360 degrees of mountains and alpine lakes. A must do in the North Cascades for sure.

Also of note, the total mileage is a little over 11 miles.

Unfortunately getting past the lake up to the pass would be really difficult right now- all mud and snow beyond the lake. However, the 2.5or so miles to the lake are breathtaking. BTW yesterday we lost a brown zippered glasses case holding prescription eyeglasses out of our pack on this trail. Any info? Call 206-419-4105

Attempted to summit twice and thwarted each time due to thunder & rain. Lots of downed trees, but trail was otherwise clear and in fair condition. No snow.

on Cedar Falls Trail

hiking
5 months ago

It was a great little hike. My 4 year hiked in and out, he had no problem. I definitely recommend this hike. We hiked it May 2nd.

hiking
5 months ago

snow free mid-june 2018, except for a small patch at the top of the butte (and a few scant flakes that came down as we were up there)! all in all, great hike - the wildflowers are beautiful and the view at the end is lovely. that being said, trail definitely needs a little tlc - there were some narrow switchbacks near the start that made me a little nervous (very high up, very thin, and slightly deteriorating), and we nearly lost the trail ~halfway up due to a large fallen tree in the burned out section that completely blocked view and access to the rest of the trail. thankfully, we turned around a few times and persevered until we realized we had to scramble around it. there were a lot of precarious sections of log-hopping along muddy areas, as well.
the burnout is eerily beautiful in a way - the wind was whistling through the trees like the souls of the damned or something for a while there. the last slog uphill before the top nearly killed me, as did trying to book it downhill without falling on my face, but the view was worth it. a lot quicker going down than coming up.
layer up, because it was quite warm at the trailhead, but once you get up there the chill is intense. i knew this generally going in, and brought and fleece and a beanie, but it still wasn’t quite enough.
all in all, would recommend - just make sure you’re up for some scrambling.

Great hike not long or very steep
Wild flowers and butterflies along the path
The falls is nice !

hiking
7 months ago

Don't let the short distance and little elevation gain fool ya. You're starting out at an elevation of around 6,000 feet so if you're not used to the altitude you will find yourself a little more winded. This trail was so beautiful and so much fun. I will definitely be going back!

hiking
8 months ago

An easy addition to the Maple Pass hike. The lake is definitely worth visiting if you're in the area.

hiking
Tuesday, October 10, 2017

I combined this with Maple Pass and Rainy Lake as well to make a nice day hike. Easy hike to Lake Ann, perfect for families with kids. Plenty of shade and a great place to eat lunch at Lake Ann. When I was there, there were dozens of jumping fish at the lake who would literally jump out of the water, even just a few feet off shore! Maybe 5 inches or so long. Not sure what fish they are but they certainly put on a show when I was eating my sandwich!

hiking
Tuesday, October 10, 2017

An awesome trail! The larches are in full swing! There is definitely snow on the last third of the trail, but it's still okay for hiking, even without spikes or poles.

hiking
Saturday, October 07, 2017

this hike is just a steady uphill climb. it has awesome views you make it will worth it!

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