Lake Ann/Maple Pass Loop Trail #470

Area Status: Unreachable

The trail begins in big timber and soon passes through a large avalanche meadow and more timber to junction with the side trail to Lake Ann.  At Heather Pass there is a faint trail leading off towards Lewis lake and a possible side trip for experienced hiker and route finder.  Beyond Heather Pass the trail is above tree line in high alpine zone. Maple Pass offers sensational views of surrounding mountain peaks. The trail then descends along a ridge line between Lake Ann and Rainy Lake dropping quickly and steeply into timber, then levels on when it junctions with the Rainy Lake trial.  Continue for about 0.25 mile on the Rainy Lake trail to return to the trailhead. Wildflowers are beautiful in July and August and the fall colors created by golden alpine larch and red huckleberries bushes are spectacular.

At a Glance

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Area Amenities: Interpretive Site,Fee charged for some activities,Picnic tables,Toilets,Parking
Fees Recreation Pass is required at trailhead   ($5/vehicle/day self-pay station is provided for your convenience)  
Open Season: Mid-July - October (snow)
Best Season: August-September
Busiest Season: August-September
Restrictions: No overnight camping within 0.25 mile of Lake Ann, Heather Pass or Maple Pass. Trails closed to pack and saddle stock, motorized and mechanized travel.
Closest Towns: Winthrop, WA
Water: only summer months
Restroom: Vault Toilet at trailhead
Passes: Recreation Pass is required at trailhead   ($5/vehicle/day self-pay station is provided for your convenience)  
Operated By: Forest Service
Information Center: Methow Valley Ranger District

General Information

Directions: From Winthrop drive State Route 20 west about 35 miles to Rainy Pass rest area. The trail begins 0.25 mile east of the parking lot.



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Day Hiking

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This trail offers a challenging loop beginning in a heavily timbered area, climbing to above timberline, and returning to a timbered area. The first mile is an easy hike with a side trip into Lake Ann. The hike beyond to Heather and Maple Pass is steep, but the views at the highest point on the trail are spectacular. From alpine meadows along the ridge top one can sit and enjoy the scenery and a view of both Lake Ann and Rainy Lake. The trail beyond this summit is steep and challenging. No overnight camping within 0.25 mile of Lake Ann,  Heather Pass or Maple Pass.

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Toilets vault toilets
Picnic tables For day use only
Parking Off highway parking
Fee charged for some activities day use self-pay station or Northwest Forest Pass or Senior Pass or Interagency Pass or Access Pass
Interpretive Site Interpretive signs