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 nonrepeating 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.
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Second day of North Cascades Institute getaway. Hike to Maple Pass.
Participants include Nicole Hansen (leader), Lisa, Jennifer Lekisch and Mark George.
Reference: Green Trails Mount Logan, No 49, Washington Pass, No 50. Day Hiking: North Cascades , by Craig Romano, No. 94 Heather-Maple Pass Loop.
From Marblemount follow the North Cascades Highway (State Route 20) east for 51 miles to Rainy Pass near milepost 158. Turn right into the Rainy Pass Picnic Area for the trailhead (elev. 4850 ft). Water and privy available.
Trailhead GPS coordinates (48.5162,-120.7354)
Forest Service Pass required.
7.27 miles, 2060 ft. gain, 4 hrs 53 min.