Heather and Maple Passes

Mazama, Washington

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Rainy Pass is the entry point for a number of tours accessible from the North Cascades Highway. This area is far enough east to offer an alternative to west-side tours made risky due to bad weather. Weak weather systems sometimes fail to penetrate as far east as Rainy Pass; often, skiers can make successful tours here while the Cascade Pass area is receiving rain. Difficulties: High avalanche potential.
100 Classic Backcountry Ski & Snowboard Routes in Washington

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100 Classic Backcountry Ski & Snowboard Routes in Washington

by Rainer Burgdorfer (The Mountaineers Books)

Rainy Pass is the entry point for a number of tours accessible from the North Cascades Highway. This area is far enough east to offer an alternative to west-side tours made risky due to bad weather.

Weak weather systems sometimes fail to penetrate as far east as Rainy Pass; often, skiers can make successful tours here while the Cascade Pass area is receiving rain. Difficulties: High avalanche potential.

©  Rainer Burgdorfer/The Mountaineers Books. All Rights Reserved.

Activity Type: Backcountry Skiing & Snowboarding
Nearby City: Mazama
Distance: 7
Trail Type: Out-and-back
Skill Level: Moderate
Duration: 6 hours
Season: Best April to July; November
Trailhead Elevation: 4,855 feet
Top Elevation: 6,600 feet
Local Maps: USGS Mount Arriva, Washington Pass
Driving Directions: Directions to Heather and Maple Passes

Recent Trail Reviews

9/19/2007
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Trail was clear with a slight dusting on top the passes. Temp was perfect with NO BUGS! Viewed a black bear above trail eating berries just before seeing Lake Ann. Views were good with some cloud cover on the peaks. Fall color is coming in big time.



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