Lake Ann / Maple Pass Loop Trail #740

  

This trail offers a challenging loop beginning in a heavily timbered area. The first mile is an easy hike 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.  Wildflowers are beautiful in July and August and the fall colors created by golden alpine larch and red huckleberries bushes are spectacular. Snowmelt sometimes lingers into mid July, making it difficult to follow trail. The hike beyond to Heather Pass and Maple Pass is steep, the trail is above tree line in high alpine zone. Maple Pass offers sensational views of surrounding mountain peaks. From the 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 then descends along a ridge line between Lake Ann and Rainy Lake dropping quickly and steeply into timber (this trail beyond the summit is steep and challenging), the trail then levels out when it junctions with the Rainy Lake trial.  Continue for about 0.25 mile on the paved Rainy Lake trail to return to the trailhead. 

No camping is being permitted within 1/4 mile around Lake Ann or Rainy Lake or along the Heather/Maple Pass Loop Trail.

At a Glance

Current Conditions: For current conditions go to: http://www.fs.usda.gov/alerts/okawen/alerts-notices.
Area Amenities: Interpretive Site,Accessible,Fee charged for some activities,Picnic tables,Toilets,Drinking water,Parking
Fees Recreation Pass is required at trailhead   ($5/vehicle/day self-pay station is provided for your convenience)  
Open Season: Mid-July
Best Season: August-September
Busiest Season: August-September
Restrictions: No camping is being permitted within 1/4 mile around Lake Ann or Rainy Lake or along the Heather/Maple Pass Loop Trail. Trails closed to pack and saddle stock, motorized and mechanized travel.
Closest Towns: Winthrop, WA
Water: only in 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 on left side of the road. The trail begins 0.25 mile east of the parking lot.


Recreation Map

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Activities


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Amenities

Interpretive Site Interpretive signs
Picnic tables For day use only
Fee charged for some activities self-pay stations available to purchase recreation pass
Parking Off highway parking
Toilets Accessible vault toilets
Accessible 1 mile paved trail to Rainy Lake, suitable for wheelchairs.
Drinking water during summer months
Areas & Activities

Location

 
  Area/Length : 
Loop 7.5 miles/12 km. Lake Ann 3.1/5.2 km

  Elevation : 
4800 feet - 7000 feet

 

Hiking with Dogs

Hiking with Dogs


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Going Number 1 & 2 in the Forest


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Fire Danger


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Wheelchair at Washington Pass Viewpoint

Wheelchair Accessible Trails


Bear Warning

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Enchantments Permit Information [link]

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Outdoor Essentials poster

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