Hike of the Week - Okanogan County Tourism Council

Rainy lake Trail

Mazama, Wa

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Rainy Lake Mazama


With its first sprinkle of snow and larches in full flame, Rainy Lake is an easy hike in a spectacular setting. Starting out in a well established parking area, a wheelchair accessible asphalt path leads approximately one mile through old growth forest to the shore of a stunning alpine tarn set in a granite-walled basin with a two-tiered waterfall.


Follow the paved, well-marked path (bumpy in places) for approximately 1 mile through a cedar and fir forest to the shores of beautiful Rainy Lake and its surrounding alpine cirque. A return trip via the same path (2 miles round trip) lets you study the dense, lush remains of this appropriately named destination.


Check out the gorgeous water fall on the rock wall at the head of the lake!

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Driving Directions

At mile marker 158 on USRoute 20 (North Cascades Highway) look for the expansive USFS parking area tucked in the trees on the south side of the road. If possible, park in the shade.

Parking  pass 

Northwest Forest Pass