Explore the most popular lake 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.

Overall great hike! Come prepared

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.

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.

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.

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
4 months ago

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

hiking
9 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
9 months ago

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

backpacking
10 months ago

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

hiking
10 months ago

Easy and beautiful hike!

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
Tuesday, July 11, 2017

Stunning view at the lake

hiking
Monday, May 15, 2017

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

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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.

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!

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!

hiking
Wednesday, August 03, 2016

I think the reward for the this hike is extremely high for how easy it is. The trail is wide, easy and not very long at all. You pass through streams and a nice waterfall.

We went Forth of July weekend while the snow was all melting and it made the lake glorious. Waterfalls were cascading down the mountainside with mighty roars.

I hope that the park service extends the viewing platform in the future over to the left a bit. It is pretty small and can get pretty cramped quickly.

hiking
Monday, October 19, 2015

Nice trail, enjoyed the scenery and took some great pics. Not a good fishing lake though.

hiking
Friday, October 16, 2015

Lake Ann is usually a side hike when you are hiking Maple Pass Loop Trail. There is not a significant amount of access to the lake. But you have amazing views of the lake from the ridge hike around it.

Lake Ann is an easy hike. The ridge is a moderate and long hike.

If you are looking for an easy short hike that involves a lake, there are an abundant amount of other lakes in the area that would be recommended. Mainly for access and views.

Sunday, July 12, 2015

Great hike

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Saturday, July 04, 2015

This hike is pretty straight forward; simply follow the signs. The trailhead begins just across the road from the public fishing parking lot (a Discover Pass is required). I followed the south loop before heading up to the summit based on a recommendation, then follow the north loop back to the trailhead. The trail is almost entirely in the sunshine with little tree cover, so start early if you plan to hike this trail during the summer. (Summer temps on Sun Mountain can easily exceed 95F by noontime.)

The only tricky part of the hike is on the north loop when you have to use the wooden ladder to cross over the barbed wire fence to follow the north loop. Make sure you cross over the ladder and do not walk along the barbed wire fence.

The views of the cascades and Method Valley are wonderful, and you get some good views of Patterson lake along the way. It took me just over 1 hr 30 min to complete the hike with a few water breaks along the way.

Saturday, March 21, 2015

For scenery, Cutthroat pass is hard to beat. You can get to the pass via the NB Pacific Crest trail at Rainy pass, or via the Cutthroat lake trailhead further east on Hwy 20. If you're able to, leave a car at Cutthroat pass trailhead, hike in from Rainy pass and out the other side where you left your car. Mountain bikers can ride up the Cutthroat trail, but are not permitted on the PCT.

hiking
Thursday, October 09, 2014

October was the perfect time of year for this hike. Golden larch trees and jagged peaks surrounding a green colored lake. Much of the road to the trail head is paved, and the dirt road section was in excellent condition. I only ran into 6 other people on the trail. Beautiful hike overall.

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