Explore the most popular dog friendly trails near Maple Falls with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers and nature lovers like you.

7 days ago

Good, simple hike. As of 8/13/2018 it is very smokey. You can still see the mountains but not as clearly as I wanted to.

8 days ago

A very easy day hike, or stay over. It's worth walking over to Lower Curtis Glacier, though it's a bit more difficult and some rock scramble. Swim in the icey Lake on a hot day. Very refreshing.

Really spectacular views but the trail to Hannigan Pass is hot, hot, hot with little or no water. Rough trail with lots of rocks and scree crossings. Once to Hannigan, you can do the peak or drop to Boundary Camp. Reservations are required. Note, this camp is the LAST place you can take your dog. Continuing on to Copper Ridge you enter the National Park where dogs are not allowed. Another 4 miles of ups and downs brings you to Egg Lake. You will drop almost 300 ft to.get to your campsite, also reservations required. Frim Egg lake you can launch anassault on Copper Ridge Lookout,.about 3.6 miles and 1400 ft elevation. We hiked up in the evening to catch the sunset and then hiked down using headlamps. Very few snowfields are left, none impeding travel. The views are tremendous but there is a price to pay. Try to avoid the climbs and the hike back from Hannigan pass during the heat of the day. It is BRUTAL!

off road driving
16 days ago

Amazing!!! Easy drive but stunning view

Super fast and easy trail but...oh such views!

30 days ago

This trail was rated as moderate which is probably true on other occasions. Today there were several ice fields to traverse which made it difficult especially when descending on the afternoon. I chose to glissade

1 month ago

Great trail, amazing views. Took us 4:30 back and forth with limited stops. the first 2.5 miles are snow free. then you encounter some small snow bridges between mile 2.5 and 3.5.
The last mile is fully covered with snow. I really recommend poles and micro spikes as the hill was really slippery. Lake Ann is fully covered with snow and the views are amazing up there.

7/18/18-7/19/18: I hiked up Welcome Pass late on the 18th, camping about halfway up, then continued on the High Divide Trail along the ridge. The views along the High Divide Trail are incredible, and I can only imagine how much better they would have been on a clearer day. I continued on to the Damfino Lakes Trail, reaching the little cabin at the end, resting for a bit, then making my way back along the same route. It ended up being about 1.5 miles the first day and 20+ miles the second, which was fairly tough.

The ascent up Welcome Pass was brutal and felt a lot longer than the 2.3 miles it really was. Once I reached the ridge, however, it was all worth it. The views were incredible when I could get them, but the majority of my hike was spent within a cloudy mist. The whole High Divide Trail has numerous snowfields of varying sizes which were easy to cross with trekking poles and boots. I’d imagine that the majority of the snow will be gone within a few weeks. The snowmelt has created some nice lakes and streams to collect water from along the trail. There’s a lot of contouring on the trail and some really beautiful views of Mount Baker and the surrounding valleys and mountains. There are a few dangerous sections a few miles (westbound) into the High Divide Trail that are narrow and cross rocky slopes that have partially collapsed and look liable to continue, but I passed them unscathed with a bit of caution. Damfino Lakes Trail has a lot of debris and fallen trees from the winter months that haven’t been cleared, likely because the access road to the trail is closed right now and has been since late September of last year, as I gathered from the broken trail register’s water-damaged log sheets. A lovely and challenging hike for a single day!

At present, the “directions” button for this hike will take you to the closed service road and you will have to turn around because the trailhead is another 9 miles past the closure. This may change in time, but for the short-term, follow the written directions instead, which are correct. The map of this trail is also not quite correct, as it includes Damfino Lakes and High Divide, but not the ascent/descent of Welcome Pass itself, which (at least at the time of posting this review) begins at the eastern terminus of the route on the map here. There is also an excellent and again quite steep hill to the right of the junction between High Divide and Welcome Pass that is unnamed. It is worth the climb! With all three trails combined, my round-trip was roughly 22 miles. It’s all excellent and very worthwhile!

I'm amazed there are so few reviews. This was possibly the most spectacular view I have ever experienced! Forgot my phone on the hike so sorry no pics. Killer hike but fairly short to the pass, 3- 4 miles, then it's all view no matter where you roam. Peaks every which way you turn. the snow made it that much more spectacular. There was no snow on the hill climb. That would have made it impossible. We went on a mostly sunny day. I will come back.

10 months ago

Stunning views, muddy trek.

10 months ago

Even in the rain, the views didn't disappoint. Terrain was a bit unstable in some places, but nothing too crazy. Lots of pikas and birds were frolicking about and the sun came out a few times. Beautiful hike!

Tuesday, August 15, 2017

I absolutely LOVED this hike and would consider it one of the most beautiful I've been on! It's definitely challenging but well worth the effort! We did this about a week ago and the only complaint I have are in regard to all of the bugs... so definitely bring bug spray (and plenty of water)!!!

Saturday, July 29, 2017

From the forest to the meadow and creeks, to where the trail weaves through fallen boulders and puts you at the picturesque lake. Wow! Go in late summer - you can enjoy some wildflowers and blewbs! Layer, layer, layer. This trail gets hot & cold quickly. Well maintained trail, fully paved road on the way up.

Wednesday, July 05, 2017

The road is currently closed at the 5.5 mile mark which means you'd have to hike an extra 10 mikes of road each way to even reach the trail head...

Wednesday, January 04, 2017

Did this one during the summer, it was alright but during the winter it was a different ballgame while snowshoeing.
The winter scenery of the forest and many frozen waterfalls gave this a little more appeal than during the summer. We camped out over night and the sunrise over mt shuksan was awesome. It was a fairly difficult snowshoe in deep powder the entire way. We had to snowshoe from the fork in the hannegan pass road at nooksack cirque road, which added some length to our trip. Would not recommend it as a day snowshoe trip, took a very long time through difficult terrain.

Saturday, October 08, 2016

The autumn colors are amazing right now!

Tuesday, September 27, 2016

Enjoy this hike very much very picturesque very colorful in the fall, only complaint I have is the dog crap smell

Saturday, September 24, 2016

Extremely enjoyable. Not for those with chest pain or chain smokers. Great trail

Saturday, September 17, 2016

Hikes on 9/16/16 Good trail with great views.
blueberries along the trail
Parking fills up quickly at trailhead

Tuesday, August 23, 2016

Pretty challenging in areas especially near the end. We did it without much gear, and most the other hikers we saw out there had hiking poles and other gear. Definitely pack a lunch! Ended up taking us about 6 hours and about 10 miles according to my pedometer. Also very rocky in some areas which was hard to walk stable through so watch your step!

Sunday, August 21, 2016

Great short hike for young kids. Fairly flat,

Sunday, August 14, 2016

This challenging hike is loaded with gorgeous views at every turn. It is Mother Nature at her finest. From woodsy trails to rocky slide areas to green valleys, this trail has it all. It starts by going down to the valley and then up and over another ridge. A short distance after that, Lake Ann comes into view. It is a beautiful little lake nestled between 2 ridges. We ate our picnic lunch on the ridge overlooking the lake on one side and the glacial ice on the other. The ridge was covered in wildflowers. It was a little piece of Heaven on earth. The return hike was tiring as we traversed the many switchbacks to the trailhead. This is a must do hike for all hiking enthusiasts.

Friday, August 12, 2016

Fun tough hike. Recommend an overnighter. Been on this one three times. First time had too much snow on downward side from gold run pass. Second time was an in and out the same day and that was a butt kicker. The third time we did an overnighter and wished we had planned for a two nighter as we were doing a fish survey. Lots of brook trout caught on a fly. All ranged in size from 4-9"

Tuesday, August 09, 2016

Easy, so nice mountain views, do if you have the time

Wednesday, July 20, 2016

We day hiked from base camp at Mirror lake, down the Cold Creek Trail to Twin Lakes, then up to Mount Catherine and back on the PCT to Mirror. The hike from Mirror to Twin Lakes was super steep, and tons of downed trees. Very slow going. The trail back up to the Mt. Catherine trailhead was much better. BTW, check the WTA site or a GreenTrails map for updated trails as All-trails doesn't show the proper route to Mt Catherine.

Unfortunately when I went it was too foggy to see the lakes, but I'd definitely recommend this hike!! Super beautiful and not too hard

Sunday, March 06, 2016

I hiked this trail once and I don't think I will be doing it again. We went all the way to the lake on a day hike and I'm not going to lie it was very intense. The elevation gain is crazy! It was beautiful though and I'm glad I did it!

Tuesday, February 23, 2016

Took us about 9-10 hours including lunch, but the view was well worth it.

Monday, August 31, 2015

Tuesday 8-25-2015: My wife and I joined our hiking group to hike to Lake Ann near Mount Baker. The weather was mostly sunny and temperatures were between 70 and 90 degrees. It was a beautiful hike with a lot of interesting views, including Mount Baker, Mount Shuksan, Upper and Lower Curtis Glaciers and Lake Ann. I enjoyed refreshing swimming in Lake Ann.

Saturday, August 15, 2015

Wonderful views and challenging. Many people told me that you start the trail down hill to the lake and then finish by going up to the start point. This is not so! Yes, you start by going down. However, after you go through the meadow low point, you go up through boulder land slide areas and up over a ridge and finally arrive at Lake Ann a little above the elevation of the trailhead/parking lot. Mom and I hiked on 13 Aug. There were many people on the trail. Many were either hiking out after camping at the lake or hiking in to camp overnight. Awesome views. Once you reach the lake you can continue on to the base of a Glacier. We choose to explore the lake and then go back to the trailhead. My only concern was we were tired on the way back and according to the AllTrails app, it was 10 miles round trip, NOT 8 as put out by the Forest Service. My toy poodle was hot and tired. So where the humans! But SO GLAD we did it. Highly recommend it!

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