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So beautiful especially when the larch trees are in all their autumn glory. I hiked this 10/24 and the larches were in full effect. I hiked counterclockwise and I was very happy with the decision. It was a busy trail even on a Wednesday so I would suggest off peak times if possible.

hiking
3 days ago

Completed 11/10 - although snow was on trail from the beginning, it was still very well maintained the whole way! Wore hiking boots and runners and both were fine but traction would have been great.
Frozen, snowy lake, no larch color left, but was beautiful blue bird day! Will return, but preferably larch season.

on Rainy Lake Trail

hiking
10 days ago

Easy trail, paved, and good walk (not really a hike) with top notch, almost unbelievable view for the little effort expended. Great for families, those traveling with small children, those not able to do moderate to strenuous hikes, or those who have trouble with elevation gain. Great stop for hike-in/backcountry cold water swimmers experienced with sub-50 temps and limited entry/exit points. Beautiful rainbow trout along shoreline. Day of arrival water temp approximately 49 provided a good half hour of safe swimming followed by lunch on the bench. Perfect driving hike-in-to-swim break!

hiking
11 days ago

I have hiked this trail twice before but hiked it again today on November 3rd. I went 3.5 miles and then turned back, but could have gone further given the snow. It was snowing but very lightly. People I passed said you could go further than I went—one said just one grade away from the pass. Don’t let the snow stop you on this one even if you can’t do the full loop. You can still do quite a bit and it’s still beautiful!

Note: I always go counter-clockwise.

Also, there were less than 10 groups hiking today.

hiking
11 days ago

I am a beginner and it was my second hike. I went there on Saturday around 12pm and returned at 7:15pm. It was hard for me but I enjoyed a lot. I would suggest not to add 0.7 mile for Ann lake because there is nothing to see, rather you will get nice view form the top.

If you are beginner then it’s really hard for you, as per my experience.

This trail is incredibly beautiful, even when it’s foggy. We didn’t have much visibility due to the weather, but it was so gorgeous with the fog and fall colors. Go before the road closes for winter, but beware of ice. We got to see the larches, and the whole trail was lovely.

Absolutely beautiful! We hiked this trail on October 16, 2018. The larch trees along with the fall colors had us using the words beautiful, amazing, breathtaking several times. We went clockwise (steeper on the way up) this made for a much easier time on the knees for the trip down. We plan to make another trip next spring!

Great hike! Do this before driving to the view point so that the view is worth it☺️

Gorgeous fall hike with Larches just past their prime. The beauty of the N. Cascades was marred only by the numbers of fellow day hikers.

hiking
23 days ago

Was there yesterday 10/21. Not as crowded nor as amazing as it was billed to be. We were disappointed by the color. I guess we missed it. No snow or ice. A little mud. No need for traction 10/21. It was a beautiful day.

Beautiful mountain views the entire hike! Lots of steep switchbacks and definitely longer than 2.5 miles r/t. Our app showed approx 1,300' elevation gain. We also ended at the little maroon colored square at the end of the dotted line, not where All Trails has the trail ending at Sauk Mountain peak. Looked on our descent and did not see a trail going to the right. View from the trailhead is really pretty for those who don't choose to hike it.

Took us a half hour to get up the road in our 2WD van, but we made it to the trailhead just fine.

hiking
26 days ago

October 6, 2018: Enjoyed the larches and views with the 1,000 other hikers (not exaggerating). We went the counter-clockwise gradual ascent route and there were some snow covered sections of trail just before the pass, but nothing worth digging the micro spikes out from the bottom of the bag.

hiking
27 days ago

Beautiful hike!! So many colors out right now! It’s cold once you get to the lake so be prepared!

This is a lovely hike that is worth the views. I biked up the first 2.4 miles, decided it was safer for my skill level to hike the rest :). I saw 4 others who biked the whole trail, I would recommend it for fit, skilled riders. The usual dirt, rocks, roots and stream crossings (that didn’t get your feet wet at this time of year). It’s always fun to reach the PCT and see through-hikers about ready to finish that incredible journey.

trail running
28 days ago

Very pretty in the fall, but quite crowded, even during the week.

hiking
28 days ago

We hiked on 10/15. The fall color is so amazing, some space is icy. It’s a nice hiking.

hiking
29 days ago

My favorite hike by far. We hiked it yesterday, 10/14/18 and couldn't have asked for a better day. We started at noon and we hiked it clockwise. Not a lot of people hike it that way, I guess. We enjoyed this trail a lot! Beautiful sceneries everywhere you look! Will definitely do this hike again. Maybe be hike it counterclockwise next time.

This was an amazing weekend, beautiful weather! My husband, 3 dogs and I had a marvelous time. I'm sooo glad we did this! I think it is a must do.

Nice, easy hike to bring the dogs on. Easy to access. Gorgeous golden larches everywhere! .

on Maple Pass Trail

hiking
1 month ago

Well worth the trip. Wonderful views around every corner.

1 month ago

I loved this trail! Beautiful around every curve.

good short hike with an easy trail. awesome spot at the top. had snow flurries for some larch hunting and did not disappoint!

hiking
1 month ago

Great trail, about 3 or 3.5 mi round trip. relatively steep!

hiking
1 month ago

One of my favorite fall hikes in the North Cascades. It does not disappoint.

hiking
1 month ago

One of the top hikes I've ever done! In late September, the fall colors were mesmerizing and there was no ice on the trail. We took a counterclockwise loop and were treated to amazing views almost the whole way! On the advice of a ranger, we did not go to Lake Anne because the views are more enclosed. We did take the side trip to Rainy Lake to have lunch on a bench just before heading back to the car and it was beautiful. The total hike (8.4 mi) took us about 3:40.

hiking
1 month ago

A beautiful Fall hike. My friends and I came out here on Sunday 10/6. The trail is easy, and beautifully maintained. Great for those that are just getting into hiking. We brought traction with us and didn’t need it, but there were a few small spots that were icy. It did start snowing on us at the lake and never did let up till we were back at the parking lot. This is a very popular hike, get there early the lot fills up fast, cars were parked around the corner and down the road.

hiking
1 month ago

Hiked this for the first time and it was beautiful!! I'm so glad we went really early though. We counted 125 people as we came down. Too busy for my liking. The trail was getting a little slick in places. We will be going back though next year! Hiked it Oct 6.

Probably the most beautiful hikes ever.
Autumn colours magnificent with the white paint of fresh snow thickening during the accent . Ice was a problem at times especially on the more exposed cliff track . Always enquire when micro spikes might be needed for safety and knee relief.
Not too taxing physically, a good burn taking 4 to 5 hours return , anti clockwise would be my advice .
This place has all the variable beauty nature can provide.

hiking
1 month ago

September 29, 2108. What an amazing hike. I went up clockwise to avoid the steep downhill grade on my knees. From the time I parked, to using the restroom, to arriving back at my car, I hiked 9.3 miles. I met a great trail buddy at the top from Seattle named Sean. We came across a bear on the trail downhill. Had our bear spray handy but didn’t need to use it. I wished I had a hat and gloves for the top of the trail as it was quite breezy and cold. Breathtaking views from both sides of the loop. Fall colors were brilliant. I would definitely hike this trail again next fall.

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