Explore the most popular wild flowers 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
15 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
3 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.

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
3 months 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
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.

hiking
3 months 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

3 months 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
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

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.

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