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Address: Rainy Pass (Highway 20), North Cascades National Park, WA
08:00 - 16:30
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Beautiful destination

The walk to get to the lake is easy and the reward, the lake view, is large! The path is wide, paved, and fairly flat with quite a few benches to rest on if needed. You walk... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 12 October 2016
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 October 2016 via mobile

The walk to get to the lake is easy and the reward, the lake view, is large! The path is wide, paved, and fairly flat with quite a few benches to rest on if needed. You walk through some nice woods ending at a beautiful lake. It wasn't crowded when we went, but I imagine it can get crowded at... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 September 2016 via mobile

It is paved, about a mile long , and easy if you are rushed for time. Definitely worth a visit when you are in the Washington Pass area.

Thank Helen C
Frederick, Maryland
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 September 2016

Even though this lake is outside North Cascades National Park, it's a very popular stop and comes recommended. Located at Rainy Pass Picnic Area (MP 158) are two great hikes. One is the Rainy Lake trail (1 mile/easy/one-way), while the other being the Maple Pass Loop trail (7.5 miles/moderate/2,000 ft. elevation gain/round-trip). The parking lot was very near full shortly... More 

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Kensington, CT
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 August 2016

At Rainy Pass, mileage post 158, we parked and took the opportunity to stretch our legs by walking the one mile trail to Rainy Lake on a paved path. I checked the temperature when we arrived at the lake and it was a chilly 47 degrees as compared temperatures back home in CT which were in the mid-90's. The lake... More 

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Reno, United States
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 August 2016

It is worth a stop at this little legs off of Highway 20. From the parking lot there is a paved relatively level trail all the way to the lake. The waterfall at the end of the lake was still quite full this time of year. There is some traffic noise from the highway until the last quarter-mile. It is... More 

Thank Christine L
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 July 2016

Easy wheel chair accessible paved path. The view at the end is gorgeous! Our 3 year old walked it. .

Thank Ashley M
Okanogan, Washington
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 October 2015

This walk, not really a hike is about 2 miles round trip. It is paved all the way with a large overlook at the end. Interpretive signs along the way and a few benches. Several years back I pushed my Mom the entire way and back in a wheelchair so I know it is possible. On a hot day it... More 

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Bangkok, Thailand
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 September 2015

This hike was recommended to us by a park ranger as one that is easy to do in a relatively short time. It's just 2 miles round trip, winding through forests with a few interesting interpretive signs, before emerging at the edge of Rainy Lake. The views across the lake are excellent. There are certainly more spectacular hikes in the... More 

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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 September 2015

Driving from Winthrop to Anacortes we wanted to do a short lake hike - and at 0.9 miles out and then back (so 1.8 miles total), Rainy lake seemed to fit the bill and was close to Washington Pass which has stunning views. The walk is all on tarmac which is great for accessibility of course, but is less great... More 

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San Marcos, California
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 August 2015

This was our favorite hike in the Cascade National Park...it was easy and it was beautiful...with few people in attendance, it allowed for us to enjoy the scenery together for a lengthy period of time...you won't want to miss this one!

Thank nd6300

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