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Gorgeous hike! I couldn’t believe the colors on the mountainside. Note: if you are fortunate enough... read more

Reviewed September 21, 2018
Saint Louis, Missouri
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There simply are not enough words to describe the views along this hike. It truly is a visual feast... read more

Reviewed September 3, 2018
Queen Creek, Arizona
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North Cascades National Park, WA
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Reviewed September 21, 2018 via mobile

Gorgeous hike! I couldn’t believe the colors on the mountainside. Note: if you are fortunate enough to have a beautiful sunny day, it will be a warm hike as 3/4 is in the open (avoid carrying all your layers like we did). If you have...More

Date of experience: September 2018
5  Thank Nettie2010
Reviewed September 3, 2018

There simply are not enough words to describe the views along this hike. It truly is a visual feast the entire trek up to the pass however, with those views come with many other hikers who want to experience this beauty. With that being said,...More

Date of experience: September 2018
3  Thank EpicGuy12
Reviewed July 22, 2018 via mobile

2018-07-21, Saturday, arrived Maple Pass trailhead at 10:30am, very few parking spots left. Hiked counterclockwise, easy up, difficult down. The view is absolutely beautiful, on the trail and especially on the top. Wildflowers started blooming, will be fully bloomed in 1 or 2 weeks. A...More

Date of experience: July 2018
1  Thank richardcQ4024FG
Reviewed July 21, 2018

Sure, the climb up was tough. We went up clockwise which I think was the less steep route of the loop but it seemed pretty darned steep to us! I hurt my knee earlier in the week so had to walk the entire trail with...More

Date of experience: July 2018
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Reviewed February 11, 2018

I visited North Cascades NP in first week of oct'2017 to see fall foliage. This hike fulfilled that wish and more. It's a loop so one can take either trail. However one is steeper than other in the early phases so figure out if you...More

Date of experience: October 2017
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Reviewed November 26, 2017

Incredible views on this hike! Just note that while hiking in summer there is still snow near the top so be sure you have on your sturdy waterproof boots! I noticed several people with hiking poles. A must hike in the North Cascades

Date of experience: May 2017
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Reviewed November 5, 2017

Wonderful, wonderful hike; had both flowers and snow! Went in July--had some areas of snow, but we didn't need our microspikes--snow was soft with little ice. It is about 7.2 miles RT, about 2,000 ft elevation change, steep in places, but the trail itself is...More

Date of experience: July 2017
2  Thank andaLynnHaven_Fl
Reviewed August 8, 2017

We met a group on the trail from Oregon with an 80 year old hiker - everyone should try this hike! Going up counter- clockwise is recommended for a more gradual climb and gentler in the knees. Our group split in 2: half took the...More

Date of experience: August 2017
3  Thank travelswithfamily09
Reviewed August 2, 2017

This is a wonderful loop hike. I prefer to go clockwise and get all the steep part over with first. Then when you reach the top you have views all the way down of Ann Lake and usually stunning views of all the Mountain peaks...More

Date of experience: August 2017
2  Thank Helen223
Reviewed January 16, 2017

This is a very busy trail, almost any time of the year, as it offers exquisite views of peaks, valleys and alpine lakes. Your first decision will be to go clockwise (with the steepness at the beginning) or counterclockwise (steepness at the end). My preference...More

Date of experience: September 2016
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March 24, 2017|
Response from Deen12B | Reviewed this property |
Well it is a well-defined trail and pretty straight forward in getting around the loop. Check parks bulletins for that information as each year is different depending on the snowfall levels fro the previous winter.
August 23, 2016|
Response from trekking4ward | Reviewed this property |
No. Winthrop is 45 minutes to the East.
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Columbus, Ohio
Day Hikes late April (3 Replies)
A friend and I are planning a trip to Seattle this weekend, I was hoping to be able to hike in the North Cascades one day but I'm not sure if anything will be open due to snow/road closures? We originally planned to do Hidden Lake Lookout or Maple Pass Loop, are these going to be viable options for this coming weekend? If North Cascades are out where would be the best place to hike for scenery during this time? I would like to be able summit or be able to get above 5,000 ft but I will also...More
April 17, 2017|
Response fromglaciermeadows|
There will be no hikes available anywhere above 5000 ft. You will hit plenty of snow at even lower elevations.
Northville, Michigan
Need Help Planning Day Hiking Trip in Washington (5 Replies)
We're coming to Washington this weekend arriving Thursday at 11am and staying until Monday morning - we're staying in Bellevue. We're planning on doing day hikes Friday, Saturday, Sunday. We are in decent shape - both in our 30s - i'm an experienced backpacker, my wife is new to the wilderness - so not looking for anything difficult. I'm trying to finalize our itinerary for the trip and am having trouble deciding between different hikes. We're looking to see beautiful mountain ranges...More
August 20, 2012|
Response fromglaciermeadows|
When you say coastline, I am not sure what you mean. The Ocean is too far for a day trip. Christy will probably pipe in for Rainier. Remember you are talking about 5 hrs of rountrip driving to get anywhere for starters in the Park. Your chances of seeing a bear are slim, but always a possibility if you you are in the backcountry. It is not something I would worry about, but being on a popular trail is no guarantee. I do not think you are going to be able to fit in as many of these hikes as...More
Sao Paulo, SP
hiking trails in June (6 Replies)
I just can go to the NCNP in the next June 2011 (two days -11th until 12th) and I like to hike but I'm worried about the opening days of the best hikes ih the region: Cascade Pass trail and Maple pass Loop. Will it be possible to hike at least one of these trails? Are there another magnificent trails to be hiked in mid-June? Are there another alternative attractions to substitute these hiking trails? thank you
January 12, 2011|
Response fromVoyaging|
For the benefit of others on TA, you have selected Banff, Glacier and N. Cascades. All might prove difficult to find hiking given the typical snow cover of these locations in June. Roads probably will be open (depends at Glacier Going to the Sun Road) but trails might still be snow covered. I'd bet more on N. Cascades and Olympic National Parks. Have you checked the park websites, specifically the pages on seasons and hiking?