Rainy Lake Trail

Okanogan-Wenatchee National Forest, Washington

Elevation Gain171ft
Trailhead Elevation4,839ft
Elevation Min/Max4807/4866ft
Elevation Start/End4839/4839ft

Rainy Lake Trail

Rainy Lake Trail is a hiking trail in Chelan County, Washington. It is within Okanogan-Wenatchee National Forest. It is 0.5 miles long and begins at 4,839 feet altitude. Traveling the entire trail is 1.1 miles with a total elevation gain of 171 feet. This trail connects with the following: Maple Pass Trail.

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Best Easy Day Hikes: North Cascades (Falcon Guides)
Erik Molvar
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"This short, paved trail starts at Rainy Pass and contours along the mountainsides to enter the glacier-carved cirque that bears Rainy Lake and the impressive waterfall that feeds it. This is a short, level trek that is well-suited to wheelchairs. There ar" Read more
Best Hikes with Kids: Western Washington & the Cascades (The Mountaineers Books)
Joan Burton
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"Though it does not go downhill both directions, this trail is the next best thing. This is the best example I know of a wheelchair-accessible alpine lake. The only paved trail in the North Cascades Recreation Area, it offers a fine way for wheelchair-bound sightseers, or parents with babies in strollers, to see an alpine cirque lake rimmed by rocky cliffs and snowfields. Children can expect to see a large waterfall on the south cliff above the lakeshore, and a glacier on the crest high above it. Families can picnic at the trail’s end and imagine themselves miles from the highway. The lake isn’t suitable for swimming, so there isn’t much for children to do when they get there, but the trail is so easy that they will enjoy the hike and have something to tell their friends about." Read more
Hiking Waterfalls in Washington (Falcon Guides)
Roddy Scheer with Adam Sawyer
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"Rainy Lake Falls horsetails some 850 feet down steep gray- and- green cliff walls before streaming into the glacial cirque of Rainy Lake. Usually it takes hours or days to hike up into alpine scenery this stunning—some call this region “America’s Alps”—but the paved path to Rainy Lake is only a mile from the trailhead off WA 20, making it a popular stopover for those looking to break up the monotony of the long drive through the North Cascades with just a taste of wilderness. The paved walking trail to Rainy Lake starts at the south end of the Rainy Pass Picnic Area parking lot and meanders in a southerly direction through deep, dark forest primeval with nary a change in elevation. Pass a turn-o ff to the right (west) for the Lake Ann Trail—a much more serious hike into the backcountry—and keep straight on the Rainy Lake Trail." Read more

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Trail Information

Okanogan-Wenatchee National Forest
Nearby City
Okanogan-Wenatchee National Forest
Kid-friendly, Stroller/Wheelchair Accessible
Skill Level
Okanogan- Wenatchee National Forest, Methow Valley Ranger District; www.fs.usda.gov/recarea/okawen/ recarea/?recid=59073; (509) 996-4003
Local Contacts
DeLorme Washington Atlas & Gazetteer: 18 F5
Local Maps

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Dec 2018