Trail Run Project Logo

Maple Pass Trail #470

Intermediate/Difficult

Trail

6.6 mile 10.6 kilometer point to point
73% Runnable
Intermediate/Difficult

Elevation

Ascent: 1,928' 588 m
Descent: -2,041' -622 m
High: 6,919' 2,109 m
Low: 4,878' 1,487 m

Grade

Avg Grade: 11% (7°)
Max Grade: 36% (20°)

Dogs

Leashed
Driving directions Take a virtual tour
Zoom in to see details
Map Key

Trail shared by Kristen Arendt

A lovely trail with fabulous views.

Kristen Arendt

Features Fall Colors · Views · Waterfall · Wildflowers · Wildlife

Description

After you park (and pay), take the trail to Lake Ann. You'll head uphill through forest, and at about 1.27 miles you'll reach a trail that branches off to Lake Ann; however keep hiking on the main trail (unless you want to take the side-trip to Lake Ann, about 0.6 miles round-trip). The trail continues along the side of a mountain, and as you emerge above treeline, you'll see Lake Ann down to the left. The scenery here is beautiful, though it will get even better!

You'll climb steadily and encounter some switchbacks. At about 2.2 miles, you've reached Heather Pass. Keep hiking past a few more switchbacks, and now you'll be at the perfect viewpoint for spectacular views beyond Heather Pass. This is the perfect time to take a break and take in the beautiful panoramic views. Don't be surprised if you find yourself saying "Wow!" as you look around at the peaks and valleys all around you. As you look down into the other side of Heather Pass, you'll see several worn trails that meander through the meadow.

When you're satisfied with the views, continue on the main trail. You'll make your way to the opposite side on Lake Ann, on the very ridge you were looking at while on the other side of Lake Ann. Continue to climb, but do not forget to stop and take in the magnificent views and wildflowers during the summer. Along the way, you'll see signs that indicate you are on the border with North Cascades National Park. After you hike through Maple Pass, you'll eventually top off at almost 7000 ft. From this pass, you'll see a zig-zag of switchbacks that you'll take on your way down. You won't forget to take a break and marvel at the magnificent views here!

When you are satisfied with the views, continue on the main trail. You'll steeply descend over several switchbacks here. You'll cross another ridge (also with nice views). Continuing on your way, you'll be able to see Rainy Lake to the right. Don't forget to look back at the lake to see a beautiful cascade which feeds into the lake. The descent will lead you back into forest where you'll continue to meander. If you thought taking breaks was only necessary for the uphill incline, your knees will tell you otherwise here!

Run this trail?

We need help with the following missing trail information:

Need to Know, Flora & Fauna, Runner Notes

Contacts

Rate This Trail

Rate Quality


   Clear Rating

Rate Difficulty

Share This Trail

Check In

Check-Ins

none

Trail Ratings

  4.0 from 2 votes

#9152

Overall
  4.0 from 2 votes
5 Star
50%
4 Star
0%
3 Star
50%
2 Star
0%
1 Star
0%
Trail Rankings

#476

in Washington

#9,152

Overall
14 Views Last Month
82 Since May 14, 2019
Intermediate/Difficult

0%
0%
0%
100%
0%
0%

Photos

Waterfalls feeding into one of the lakes. Taken in early October.
Oct 13, 2016 near Stehekin, WA
Snow falling on Lake Ann.
Oct 11, 2017 near Stehekin, WA
View down from near the pass, fall colors.
Oct 11, 2017 near Stehekin, WA
Overlooking Lake Ann.
May 2, 2017 near Stehekin, WA
Maple Pass Loop.
Feb 29, 2016 near Stehekin, WA
Larch trees golden for fall
Oct 11, 2017 near Stehekin, WA

0 Comments

Trail Run Project is part of the REI Co-op family,
where a life outdoors is a life well lived.

Shop REI Running