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Rainy Lake

North Cascades


North Cascades -- North Cascades Highway - Hwy 20
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2.0 miles, roundtrip


Gain: 70 ft.
Highest Point: 4800 ft.


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Northwest Forest Pass

This one mile long wheelchair-accessible trail takes you to beautiful Rainy Lake.

The trail starts at Rainy Pass Trailhead, mile post 158 on the North Cascade Highway (Hwy 20). Park at the parking lot on the west side of the highway and take the trail that starts at the south end of the parking lot.

At less than a half mile, the trail branches.  The right trail climbs steeply towards mountains. Proceed straight instead. The one mile long trail is paved all the way to the viewpoint by the lake.

At the viewpoint you will see a beautiful lake surrounded by mountains. The water is so clear you can see fish swimming in the lake.


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Map & Directions

Co-ordinates: 48.5150, -120.7355 Open map in new window


North Cascades -- North Cascades Highway - Hwy 20

Rainy Lake (#310)

Okanogan-Wenatchee National Forest, Methow Valley Ranger District

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Guidebooks & Maps

Best Hikes with Kids: Western Washington & the Cascades (Burton & Spring - Mountaineers Books)

Buy the Green Trails Washington Pass No. 50 map

Getting There

From Seattle, drive north on I-5, take exit 230 to Hwy 20 east. Drive to milepost 158 turn right into Rainy Pass trailhead parking lot.

Parking Pass/Entry Fee

Northwest Forest Pass

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