Rainy Lake Trail

Winthrop, Washington 98862

Rainy Lake Trail

Rainy Lake Trail Professional Review and Guide

"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."

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Trail Information

Nearby City
Kid-friendly, Stroller/Wheelchair Accessible
70 feet
Elevation Gain
Trail Type
Skill Level
Late July to October
Okanogan National Forest
Local Contacts
Green Trails No. 50 Washington Pass; USFS Wenatchee and Okanogan
Local Maps

Activity Feed

Jul 2018