Heather Maple Pass Loop*^ (North Cascades)

Date: 08/20/2013

Location: near Mazama, WA (North Cascades National Park)

Distance: 7.2 miles (Loop)

Elevation: 2000ft

Highest Point: 6800ft

Heather Maple Pass Loop (47)

After some moderate climbing in the forest, Lake Ann presented herself.

Heather Maple Pass Loop (45)

Trail continued upward climbs accompanied by constant vistas.

 

I sought every opportunity to hike between Spokane-Vancouver trips as it traverses prime hiking areas of North Cascades and Mt. Baker.  This easy-moderate loop trail was my first NCNP hiking trail, and is one of the region’s best.  I hiked this loop counterclockwise.

Heather Maple Pass Loop (41)

Lake Ann from higher up

Heather Maple Pass Loop (44)

 

Heather Maple Pass Loop (37)

Heather Maple Pass Loop (36)

Trail’s high point

Heather Maple Pass Loop (53)

 

 

 

Heather Maple Pass Loop (52)

Lake Ann on the other side of the pass

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Descent starts

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Rainy lake

 

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