North Washington Cascades

Maple Pass

Length: 3.1 one_way miles
Low Point: 4800'
High Point: 6600'
Season: Summer/Fall
Scenery: 0/5

Difficulty: 0/5

Submitted by: Butch


Drive Highway 20 to Rainy Pass and park in the day use area. Trail begins near the parking lot.

Trail Description

A gentle climb to Lake Ann and then a gradual ascent to heather and flower covered meadows at Heather Pass. In an additional mile, on open slopes, you\'ll reach the summit of Maple Pass. A sign at the pass indicates that you have walked 3.1 miles. You can return on the same route or make a loop by continuing to a ridgetop and then descending to Rainy Lake near the parking lot(a 3.3 mile steep descent)! You\'ll pass whistling marmots and, perhaps, if you are \'lucky\' a beautiful black bear (as we did)! This trail was originally built to become the PCT but later considerations concerning the impact that horses might have on the fragile meadows created a change in designation. The trail today is in very good condition.