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Maple Pass Trail is a 7.8 mile heavily trafficked loop trail located near Stehekin, Washington that features a lake and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, nature trips, and bird watching and is best used from July until October. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

Length 7.8 mi Elevation gain 2,257 ft Route type Loop

Dogs on leash

Hiking

Nature trips

Walking

Bird watching

Forest

Lake

River

Views

Waterfall

Wild flowers

Wildlife

Bugs

Muddy

Snow

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Getting There

This is a loop hike with option of adding 2 miles to include 2 lakes on its way. The trail is a loop you can either start at Lake Ann Trailhead or Rainy Lake Trailhead. It is recommend to go counterclockwise (starting at Lake Ann Trailhead). It offers stunning beauty all the way till highest point of hike at 6995 ft "Maple Pass" then you have to descend back to trailhead.

NW forrest pass required

Methow Valley Ranger District: (509) 996-4003

Take Highway 20 past Marblemount, to Rainy Pass, turn right into parking lot of Rainy Pass picnic area. Northwest Forest Pass required. Trailhead is on the left, at beginning of lot. Take the trail to Lake Ann, #740.

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Austin Toler
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HikingIcySnow

We had a great hike overall, but there is still a good bit of snow on the ridge. We traveled clockwise around the loop, which I would recommend. It seemed to be a bit easier to navigate the snow going down the ridge vs going up. Trekking poles and micro spikes are recommended, but we made it without them. Great hike, even better views!

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yanira rodriguez
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IcyMuddyOff trailRockySnow

Still a lot of snow/ice on the top ridge. since we are not experienced with the snow/ice we turned around at the very top where there was a snow/ice ridge. Beautiful views!! Will have to come back to redo !!

Katie Silashki
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HikingIcyScrambleSnow

Completed this hike on 07/04/20. Absolutely STUNNING views but still a lot of snow up near the top. Much of the trail was still covered by snow, making it difficult to find at certain points. Definitely could’ve benefited from spikes and a gps tool, but we managed. Thankful for others on the trail to help us navigate!

Denise M
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HikingMuddySnow

Was able to get close to the top of maple pass with micro-spikes and poles. Gave up crossing snow field right above Lake Ann as snow was soft and there was no flat surface. Others tried to cross and one guy fell and had to climb back up. Would wait a couple of weeks to do full loop.

Melissa K.
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HikingIcyMuddyScrambleSnow

Really enjoyed this trail, went clockwise based on some other recommendations (making sure to take time to turn around for views - definitely don’t forget), but have to say the trail was extremely challenging at parts in it’s current conditions, especially on the Maple to Heather pass portion. On this side, when other reviews have said the snow was a little sketchy, picture traversing the side of a mountain, slick slow compact in some areas, but also super slippery, having to make your own footing and each footing count, every person going their own way, and lots of areas where it was clear there was a slip and slide down the mountain side, myself included. After doing to trail and sliding, having my partner watch the whole thing, he said we probably should have brought an ice axe just in case as those traverses, lack of trail, unstableness of snow, and steepness was extremely dangerous. We didn’t bring one based on the other reviews on here as well as other hiking sites with people saying the trail has some sketchy areas, but doable with microspikes. Sure, I agree it is doable (I mean we did it and had near heart attacks a couple times), but I don’t think the reviews accurately reflect the conditions or the potential danger right now (7/8/20). This is coming from me, an average hiker, and my partner, an extremely experienced hiker and climber, especially in winter conditions. Most of the trail on both sides IS fine, there are beautiful wildflowers, and the views are stunning. However, though we were well prepared and are knowledgeable with self rescue, we could have been more prepared and think there should be at least one review on here that mentions such. To simply say, “Great hike, beautiful views, some snow, spikes and poles recommended” is a gross understatement for current conditions and I believe that if people want to experience the beauty should also have a review of current conditions as they are, no bs, to help them stay safe and enjoy their experience. If you go, make a wise decision based on your skill level, know how to self rescue, be prepared to slide, and know what to do if you fall and start sliding. Some areas you’ll slow based on the geography of the land, others, well I mean it is a mountain and there are cliffs. Be smart, be safe, then have fun making the right choice for you.

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Ashley Macatangay
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07/04/2020 i did this hike on a whim and wasnt able to download the map so no recording. i hiked this with rain lake. cleats and trekking poles with snow baskets recommended. the last leg of the trail is muddy and snow is starting to become unstable. i managed with my waterproof winter boots, cleats and poles as mud was up to the ankles. i highly recommend this trail on a clear day to watch the sunset! doable in 1.5 hours. very worth it! this lake is part of the national forest. they acknowledge interagency and NF passes. they DO NOT acknowledge discovery passes. fee envelopes provided on site and online.

Thomas Chmura
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BackpackingOff trailScrambleSnow

Went July 4th, Absolutely beautiful but the snow at the higher elevation made this trail interesting. It got dicey in a few areas, would definitely recommend Poles and Crampons if you want to complete the loop. Also a GPS or use the AllTrails app for navigation. We went clockwise and felt it was a great choice; we gained elevation quickly but had more great views and when we had to go off trail it was a tad bit easier climbing up the rocks than I figure coming down would have been. Awesome hike though.

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Ashley Chmura
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HikingMuddyOff trailSnow

July 4th - There is still lots of snow on the trail, however the loop is doable. BUT, I would NOT recommend doing it without any kind of traction. At mid day the snow was very slick and although both my husband and I were wearing crampons, we both slipped on a steep slope and I practically saw my life flash before my eyes. Also, be sure to have some sort of navigation. You will he need to go off trail. Following other’s footprints is not always enough. I also thought going clockwise seemed easier, because you ended up scrambling up a boulder field, rather than down, and hiking down in the snow seemed easier than hiking up it.

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Yasmeen Syed
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HikingSnowWashed out

07/02/20 Pretty moderate hike with a high reward of incredible views all the way up!! The real gem is a beautiful lookout of Lake Ann and a panoramic shot of the peaks. You have to hike through some snow to get there. We saw a few groups manage without traction but you’ll definitely need spikes and/or poles further up as the trail gets pretty sketchy/slippery. We summited but lost the trail at the peak, and were unable to complete the loop. We explored the top for a bit and then headed back down the same way we came up.

Keith Miller
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Hiking

Did the trail yesterday snow covered just follow our footsteps

Nolan Such
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Hiking

Does anybody know when the snow will be gone completely? Like mid July or is that still too early?

Seleniasinn User
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Hiking

6/27/2020 top of trail is obscured by snow. Gorgeous views.

Jesyah White
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HikingMuddyOff trailScrambleSnow

The start was a tad muddy due to snow run off . Then the snowy trail arrived. I used micro spikes . They were especially helpful on the western overlook of Lake Ann. We broke trail some due to unclear tracks on the loopback. We mostly rode the ridge line between Lake Ann and Rainy Lake. Yellow wildflowers were alive all over the trail. Beautiful views on this hike. It was defiantly worth it!!

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