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.

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

walking
15 days ago

Easy walk, beautiful lake.

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

hiking
1 month 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.

The valley is beautiful and this would be a nice way to access the PCT (it is 8 miles from the TH), but sadly it is not maintained after the washed out bridge at 2.5 mi. You can follow the trail, but the brush is thick and the number of downed trees approaches 100. I wonder if the Methow Valley community can chip in to restore it? Everyone seems to be going to Harts Pass to access the PCT instead.

hiking
1 month ago

This is a nice little hike that can be a bit challenging if you try to do it in the hotter part of the day. There is very little shade along the way and certainly plan for plenty of water breaks (and bring enough along for doggos if you bring them with you). It is uphill to the top (duh) and will certainly give you plenty of exercise on the ascent. It is worth it, though, with nice views of The Valley and Patterson Lake.

I definitely recommend an early start and you might check the wildfire conditions before you go. The Crescent Mountain and Gilbert fires are active about 13 miles up the Twisp River and there is quite a lot of haze and smoke limiting the visibility. Other than the visibility today, it was certainly a worthwhile hike.

hiking
1 month 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.

hiking
1 month ago

Great little hike. Easily done in a hour and a half (to the summit and completing the loop) with water breaks and rests for my 2 mini aussies. Few spots with steeper terrain but nothing bad.

Would do again!

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

1 month ago

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

Beautiful hike. Steep climbing in places but nice sweeping views of the valley and lake. Well maintained and easy to follow trail.

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
2 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

Nice trail, lots of steady incline. Saw a heard of open range mules. Took north loop at green gates. Great views. If go to summit 360 degree views. Summit I s estimated. .25-.50 add on each way. Well worth it. Took us 2 hrs 40 slow pace lots of stopping for photos. See other reviews for parking. It will be hot if the sun is out.

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.

Beautiful views of surrounding Methow valley, completed in mid-June. No snow. Easy mountain summit. Even though the peak is lower elevation, you still get great views of the Cascade range and the surrounding valley. Took under two hours with water breaks and pictures.

Hiked up to where the bridge is out, about 4.8 miles. Some places the trail is over grown making it a wilderness like trail. Some down falls where you must climb over or go around. It is rated hard and some parts are but a great hike.

on Cedar Falls Trail

hiking
3 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
3 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
4 months 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.

hiking
5 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!

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