High Pass Trail

MODERATE 5 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
1318 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.

10 months ago

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