Explore the most popular walking 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.

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
7 days ago

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

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

on Rainy Lake Trail

17 days ago

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

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

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.

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.

hiking
2 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.

hiking
4 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
5 months ago

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

hiking
10 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!

backpacking
10 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.

backpacking
11 months ago

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

hiking
11 months ago

Easy and beautiful hike!

mountain biking
Thursday, July 13, 2017

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
Tuesday, July 11, 2017

Stunning view at the lake

hiking
Sunday, July 09, 2017

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.

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.

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.

mountain biking
Monday, June 20, 2016

Great ride. Starts off with around 3-4 miles of uphill forest service road, which is kind of boring but after that it's a great ride. Some great views, nice fast downhill and rolling terrain.

hiking
Monday, May 30, 2016

Snow free as of Memorial Day weekend. The balsamroot is a week or two past it's prime but still providing a blast of color. It's a bit of an obstacle course through the burn zone because of all the downed trees but the trail is easy to follow. Cloudy at the top so I couldn't see much but I imagine the view is pretty nice on a clear day.

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.

hiking
Thursday, October 16, 2014

This was day 1 of my several day jaunt on the PCT. The hike is amazing. The drive is a monster! My blog (link below) has lots of pictures and a story. One thing I didn't mention is the weird hut thing you come across on the trail. We didn't make it all the way to it to find out what it was, but I later found out it's a yurt used by a company that does heli-skiing. I think they should sell snacks to thru hikers. :)
http://kellbell-whywouldanyonereadthis.blogspot.com/2014/10/my-six-day-hike.html

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