High Pass Trail

MODERATE 7 reviews
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High Pass Trail is a 3.5 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. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

3.5 miles
1,318 feet
Out & Back

dogs on leash



nature trips

trail running




wild flowers


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.

4 months ago

I almost don't want to review this to keep it a secret. But as others have said, this trail offers absolutely STUNNING views. You get to see the valley open up right beneath your feet, wildflowers blooming, . The trail was also lined with huckleberries, which made for a good snack. This trail was pretty tough, and you'll need to be careful coming down as the footing can be rough. Definitely need good hiking boots. We went up Saturday Sep 1 and saw only about 4 other groups the whole time. We started around noon and finished in 3-4 hours.

Warning: You have to climb part of the Winchester lookout before the turnoff to the High Pass trail - and before that turnoff, there is a wasp nest/beehive hanging on a branch RIGHT next to the trail! Some people reported getting stung, others just covered their heads with clothes and sprinted past. Be careful for your dogs, as the wasps went straight for ours. : (

5 months ago

High pass trail is absolutely stunning!! The trail itself is in great condition. There are a few parts towards the last mile and half where the terrain becomes slick, however, it is doable, just make sure to have a quality pair of hiking boots or trekking poles. The views from the summit are breath taking. From the top we were able to see a pack of mountain goats in the valley below us. Along the trail, you will see beautiful views of the cascades. You hike in a valley the whole time and climb your way up to the top via switch back trails. The incline is great. If you are just starting out with hiking, I suggest to condition and hike trails with less of an incline before before taking on high pass. All in all, it is a terrific trail, and an excellent choice for a day hike.

Monday, August 21, 2017

High Pass trail is located at the same trailhead as Winchester Mountain Lookout. Personally I think this trail was way more impressive. It descends down and around Winchester Mountain through beautiful wildflowers. Then you hit switch-backs that take you up towards Mt. Larrabee (visible from Winchester Mountain Lookout). The final stretch of this hike is tough but the 360 degree views at the top are STUNNING!!!

Overall both hikes combined came to about 12 miles so be ready for a long day if you plan on hiking both trails. Afterwards spend some time at Twin Lakes!

Note: the road to this trailhead is not maintained past Yellow Aster Butte trailhead and you will need a high clearance vehicle to get there.

Tuesday, September 09, 2014

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.

Friday, August 23, 2013

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.

Sunday, October 25, 2015

Sunday, September 13, 2015