Explore the most popular hiking 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.

hiking
19 days ago

The balsamroot and lupine are nearing full bloom providing for a colorful short moderate hike. I chose to hike the loop clockwise and flowers were blooming on both sections of the loop. Some nice views of the Methow Valley but the wildflowers were the main attraction on this early May hike.

It was a beautiful hike. There were different kinds of wildflowers and birds. There were only a few muddy spots on the trail that were easy to navigate. The view of the lake and the valley were beautiful.

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!

Beautiful views. Half of the loop was pretty unpleasant with some deeper snow getting in to my boots. The summit was amazing. The view of Patterson Lake was beautiful from up high. A few hikers on the trail, very quiet.

hiking
2 months ago

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

hiking
7 months ago

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!

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.

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

backpacking
7 months ago

Unbelievable. Stellar trip with killer crystal-clear views. Excellent conditions and no bugs. Quick overnight up to Snowy Lakes from Rainy Pass.

Remember you're at a high altitude! This hike is all up the 1st half-you'll be breathing heavy if you're not used to altitude. Great views from the summit.

hiking
8 months ago

A quick walk. Mostly uphill to the falls. On the return we had some awesome and scary views of the smoke plumes from the nearby Diamond Creek fire.

backpacking
8 months ago

Great hike with views. From cutthroat to the pct camp below snowy lakes there was no water this time of year.

hiking
8 months ago

Easy and beautiful hike!

8 months ago

Nice, shaded trail and surprisingly vacant for a Saturday in August. A few moments of good open views and charming accessible waterfall. Feels like a "real" trail, (not a graded road or boardwalk), but still easily attainable by even this out-of-practice hiker.

my friends and i were aiming to go to the maple loop pass. got to the top of this trail to realize we were on the wrong one! but no regrets because the view is absolutely gorgeous. we were able to go up a steady pace and views while walking plus wildflowers made it a really nice experience.

nice, short loop. Bring a suit to jump in lake afterwards! hot this time of year but great views from the top of the whole Methow!

hiking
10 months ago

It felt closer to 10 miles round trip. Excellent close up views of Big Craggy and other nearby peaks. Lots of wildflowers blooming as the trail breaks off to Burch Mountain from the pass. Snow free all the way to the top as of 7/15. I got a little distracted looking at the scenery and ended up on some steep scree on the west side of the mountain. After backtracking a few 100 ft I was able to find the turn for the final scramble up the NW side of the peak. Didn't run into anyone else on the trail until I got back to the parking lot.

This is a good 11.1 mile mountain biking single track loop with just over 1,700 ft elevation spread throughout the trail. It is very well marked and offers some views, but nothing spectacular. Still, good for a 1.5 to 2 hour workout. NOTE, parking is located 1.7 miles up NF 100 (very narrow, steep rocky gravel road), which is a right turn off Goat Creek Road (off 20). This is not what is indicated on Alltrails since it takes you to the cross country start.

hiking
10 months ago

Stunning view at the lake

hiking
10 months ago

Nice views of the North Cascades in the distance with beautiful open meadows after you break out of a burn zone. The trail was easy to follow all the way to the top of Tiffany and never felt difficult. Several wildflowers blooming. I started from the Freezeout Ridge trail head located at the top of the pass on NF-39. Limited parking but very little traffic and you won't see many cars. Road was a little rough the last 1/2 mile but doable.

hiking
Monday, May 15, 2017

Beautiful fairly easy trail with beautiful views. Love the ladder over the fence.

cross country skiing
Monday, January 30, 2017

We have enjoyed and not enjoyed our skiing experience at these huts. The launch point is up a long road that has typically been quite icy and slow in winter. If the snow is good, the skiing is wonderful. We had a couple years of very poor conditions in January, such that most of our party had to walk or be snowmobiled out because the ice was so bad on the hills.

The hut we stayed in more recently, Heifer Hut, is small and very rustic without a view besides forest--would have been more comfortable if we had been a smaller group. I would not recommend coming to this hut with the number of people it is said to accommodate.

I have had problems over the years with the customer service at these huts. I have not found it professional or very consistent/organized. This year was the worst when we made a reservation at a nicer hut, got a confirmation, and then a week later received a cancellation notice saying the cabin was double booked. The notice was curt and with minimal apology (almost seemed to verge on blaming us for putting them in the double booking situation--highly unprofessional in my book).

I wrote back asking for more information, and got a reply describing how stressed they are (dealing with rodents and freezing conditions) and letting me know that even though the conflicting booking happened after ours--these were "long timers" (longer than us, I guess) and would be given priority. I will leave it to the reader to make their own judgement about the correctness of this decision on their part.

Friday, October 14, 2016

thru hiked the PCT 2016

hiking
Friday, October 07, 2016

Easy paved trail ending with a stunning lake view. Great place to get out and stretch your legs if you've been driving on 20 for the day. Hiked in Oct. and the colors were beautiful. Saw lots of chipmunks, squirrels, and a field mouse on our walk.

hiking
Wednesday, September 28, 2016

Enjoyable trail and some stunning meadows for tenting.

Great hike, however the milage is closer to 11.2 give or take, not 9.6. Rather gradual trail which would be good for kids.

hiking
Wednesday, August 24, 2016

Great views! Went in late August on a weekday and didn't encounter anyone else on the trail.

Monday, August 15, 2016

Steady & steep, but worth the trip!

trail running
Saturday, August 13, 2016

My dad and I were going for a drive today, we live in Chelan and needed to get away from all the tourists! We ended up here and it was a nice overcast day. We all headed up but do to dad's hips he only made it about a mile, so the dog and I continued up past the falls a bit then turned around. Stopped at the falls, pup went swimming and I took some great pics. Ran pretty much all the way up and down, the trail was easy and a quick lil trip to some BEAUTIFUL falls. Happy Trails.

Saturday, August 06, 2016

Very easy hike, to see a Gorgeous lake in the end. Defiantly worth the effort for the view, unless you like dirt under your feet, then this isn't the trail for you, but a must do for a photographer!

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