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Lake Ann (Rainy Pass)

North Cascades

Location

North Cascades -- North Cascades Highway - Hwy 20
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Length

3.4 miles, roundtrip

Elevation

Gain: 700 ft.
Highest Point: 5500 ft.

Rating

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Parking Pass/Entry Fee

Northwest Forest Pass
Camping is not permitted within a quarter-mile around Lake Ann
Rainy Lake or along the Heather/Maple Pass Loop Trail.
 
 

The trail to Lake Ann is a wonderful, short way to see the impressive glaciated valley encircled by the popular Heather - Maple Pass Loop. Lake Ann features views of ridgelines blanketed in wildflowers in summer, a lake ringed with golden larches in fall, and before the highway closes for the season, a dramatic place to experience early winter’s snows.

From the large parking lot off Highway 20, the trail heads counter-clockwise, moving uphill moderately through second-growth forest and dappled sunlight. After about 1.25 miles, arrive at a junction with a trail branching left to Lake Ann, a jewel cradled in a talus bowl, a glacial cirque created in eons past.

Take the righthand trail to the lake. It's just another 0.3 miles to the east shore, where driftwood in the lake makes a good picnic spot if you're confident about being able to move along it. Otherwise, stick to the meadows alongside the lake.

Either way, gaze upwards. From the shore of Lake Ann, you'll bask in a view of the pass that hikers toil and sweat to achieve on the Heather - Maple Pass Loop. Take in the golden larches if it's autumn, and slap on some sunscreen if it's summer -- the impressive views from the lake are available because no trees block your view, but that also means nothing's blocking your skin from the sun!

 

Lake Ann (Rainy Pass)

Map & Directions

Trailhead
Co-ordinates: 48.5156, -120.7362 Open map in new window

Trailhead

North Cascades -- North Cascades Highway - Hwy 20

Maple Pass (#740), Lake Ann (#740A)

Okanogan-Wenatchee National Forest, Methow Valley Ranger District

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Guidebooks & Maps

Day Hiking: North Cascades (Romano - Mountaineers Books)

Buy the Green Trails Mt Logan No. 49 map

Buy the Green Trails Washington Pass No. 50 map

Getting There

Drive Hwy 20 through the town of Marblemount and on towards North Cascades National Park. After approximately 50 miles, the Rainy Pass trailhead will be on the south (right) side of the road. There is room here for 40 cars, as well as a privy. There is also a parking area on the north side of the road here which provides access to other trails.

Parking Pass/Entry Fee

Northwest Forest Pass
Camping is not permitted within a quarter-mile around Lake Ann
Rainy Lake or along the Heather/Maple Pass Loop Trail.
 

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Lake Ann (Rainy Pass)

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