Maple Pass Trail

Gilbert, Washington

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There are no shortages of great hikes from the North Cascades Scenic Highway. The Maple Pass Loop rules supreme among them. In 7 short miles, this trail will treat you to old-growth forests, alpine lakes, alpine meadows, open ridges, and stunning North Cascades vistas. Throughout most of the summer, you will see along this trail a fantastic floral show as well. The well-beaten and well-maintained trail begins immediately in a stately, ancient forest of fir and hemlock. Huckleberry bushes crowd the understory. In early summer find the usual culprits: Twinflower, spring beauty, and vanilla leaf bring life to the forest floor. Elderberry, gooseberry, currant, hellebore, and thimbleberry make their presence known as well.
Best Wildflower Hikes Washington

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Best Wildflower Hikes Washington

by Art Kruckeberg with Karen Sykes & Craig Romano (The Mountaineers Books)

There are no shortages of great hikes from the North Cascades Scenic Highway. The Maple Pass Loop rules supreme among them. In 7 short miles, this trail will treat you to old-growth forests, alpine lakes, alpine meadows, open ridges, and stunning North Cascades vistas. Throughout most of the summer, you will see along this trail a fantastic floral show as well.

The well-beaten and well-maintained trail begins immediately in a stately, ancient forest of fir and hemlock. Huckleberry bushes crowd the understory. In early summer find the usual culprits: Twinflower, spring beauty, and vanilla leaf bring life to the forest floor. Elderberry, gooseberry, currant, hellebore, and thimbleberry make their presence known as well.

© 2004 Art Kruckeberg with Karen Sykes & Craig Romano/The Mountaineers Books. All Rights Reserved.

Activity Type: Hiking
Nearby City: Gilbert
Distance: 7
Elevation Gain: 2,100 feet
Trail Type: Loop/Lollipop
Skill Level: Moderate
Season: Hikable: Mid-July to mid-October, Best flowers: Mid-July to mid-August
Local Contacts: Methow Valley Ranger District
Local Maps: Green Trails Nos. 49 Mount Logan and 50 Washington Pass
Driving Directions: Directions to Maple Pass Trail

Recent Trail Reviews

8/21/2008
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Our favorite walk so far in Washington. The walk in and up to the passes is really spectacular. What a view once you are up there! The trail on the last leg felt rushed and rough, like they were out of money or something. But still, this is a must-do for the area.



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Apr 2018