Maple Pass Trail

Gilbert, Washington

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Among the many supreme North Cascades Highway hikes, the Maple Pass loop is perhaps the most exalted. More than a few hikers have been caught humming Julie Andrews tunes while sauntering on this scenic sojourn. In just 7 non-repeating miles you’ll be treated to majestic old-growth forests, a sparkling alpine lake, resplendent alpine meadows, enticing open ridges, and stunning North Cascades vistas. And if you love wildflowers, Maple Pass’s annual floral show is a bloomin’ spectacle. Lake Ann, tucked in an open cirque beneath towering rock walls laced with cascades, makes a worthy 1-mile round-trip addition to the loop. Experienced hikers can set off on the primitive path from Heather Pass to the backcountry gems of Lewis and Wing lakes. Route-finding and off-trail experience is necessary; you’ll need to navigate a nasty boulder field and a potentially dangerous gully.
Day Hiking: North Cascades

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Day Hiking: North Cascades

by Craig Romano (The Mountaineers Books)

Among the many supreme North Cascades Highway hikes, the Maple Pass loop is perhaps the most exalted. More than a few hikers have been caught humming Julie Andrews tunes while sauntering on this scenic sojourn. In just 7 non-repeating miles you’ll be treated to majestic old-growth forests, a sparkling alpine lake, resplendent alpine meadows, enticing open ridges, and stunning North Cascades vistas. And if you love wildflowers, Maple Pass’s annual floral show is a bloomin’ spectacle.

Lake Ann, tucked in an open cirque beneath towering rock walls laced with cascades, makes a worthy 1-mile round-trip addition to the loop. Experienced hikers can set off on the primitive path from Heather Pass to the backcountry gems of Lewis and Wing lakes. Route-finding and off-trail experience is necessary; you’ll need to navigate a nasty boulder field and a potentially dangerous gully.

©  Craig Romano/The Mountaineers Books. All Rights Reserved.

Activity Type: Hiking
Nearby City: Gilbert
Distance: 7.2
Elevation Gain: 2,000 feet
Trail Type: Loop/Lollipop
Skill Level: Moderate
Season: Mid-July– mid-Oct
Trailhead Elevation: 4,800 feet
Top Elevation: 6,850 feet
Accessibility: Kid-friendly
Local Contacts: Okanogan National Forest, Methow Valley Ranger District
Local Maps: Green Trails Mount Logan No. 49, Washington Pass No. 50
Driving Directions: Directions to Maple Pass Trail

Recent Trail Reviews

10/24/2005
0

I'm sure it was great, but it was so cloudy we couldn't see anything...


8/1/2003
0

Superb trail from start to finish. Great views of Lake Ann. Meadows, great mountain panoramas, open ridges, this trail has it all.



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