Welcome Pass Trail is a 14.5 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Maple Falls, WA that features a lake and is rated as difficult. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible from May until November.
Directions from Glacier: Travel east on the Mt. Baker Hwy. 542 for approximately 12.5 miles to Forest Road #3060, located between mileposts 45 and 46. Turn left on Road #3060 which is difficult to see. The turn is about .3 miles west of the Shuksan garage for the highway department. The parking area is located at the end of the road, about .7 miles from Hwy. 542. The trailhead is about 75 feet back down the road from the parking area which has a minimal stock trailer turnaround.
This trail olnly gains about 400 feet in the first half a mile. After that, it's about 2600 feet on a stair master. On average you gain a foot for every 4 feet with much of it significantly steeper than that. The view is fantastic but the trail is just as tough coming and going. The meadows at the top give you plenty of room to have a seat and soak it all in.