High Pass Trail is a 3.7 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Maple Falls, Washington that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity options and is best used from May until October.
Directions from Glacier: Follow the Mt. Baker Hwy. 542 east for 12 miles to Forest Road #3065 (Twin Lakes Road). The road is located on the left hand side of the highway just beyond the Department of Transportation's Shuksan maintenance facility. Turn left on Twin Lakes Road and continue approximately 4.5 miles to the Tomyhoi Lake/Yellow Aster Butte Trailhead. The remainder of the road beyond this point is not maintained for passenger vehicles. Those persons with a four wheel drive high clearance vehicles may be able to continue the remaining 2 miles to Twin Lakes. The trailhead is located between the two lakes.
Gorgeous hike. This trail is a less crowded alternative to Winchester Mountain and I really liked how the views open up less than a half mile from the TH and just get better as you go. I made it all the way to "Even Higher Pass" at the base of the jagged Pleiades. A really colorful area in Sept/Oct when the fall colors kick in gear. I hiked High Pass in the morning and then up to Winchester on the way back. High clearance vehicle recommended beyond the Yellow Aster Butte TH although I did see 2 sedans parked at Twin Lakes.
I hesitate to give a review because the solitude this trail is soothing. This and church mountain are my favorite hikes no doubt. If you make it all the way to the trail pay your respects to the fallen climbers memorial.