Explore the most popular wildlife 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.

We got about halfway up before getting into the snow. By about mile 4 the snow was up to our hips and we were all tuckered out. We would have gone farther if we'd had our snowshoes.

I did this hike on November 3,2017. The main road on baker is clean and easy to drive however, once you get off the main road and take the trail road it is not clear and there is a lot of snow. Must be confident driving backcountry in snow. I took my Subaru Outback and was okay taking it slow, 1 more foot of snow an I probably wouldn't make it to the trail head. Be prepared to snow shoe. I recommend snowshoes or it's going to be a grueling hike. Beautiful scenery! Must do in the summer as well.

hiking
3 months ago

This hike gets only four stars but might have earned a fifth inf there was a view. Yesterday this was an exercise hike as we were just short of the summit due to being cautious and being unaware of the last little scramble. This hike is like a clone of Mt Dickerman where the first few miles are switchbacks in the trees. In both hikes you pop out at about three miles above most of the trees to continue upwards. We did break trail in the snow from the meadow to the top so that took some extra effort so hence the reference to an exercise hike. My dog with short legs slowed down quite a bit in the last quarter mile as she had to hop from boot print to boot print. This hike might be done for the season if you want to reach the true summit.

Up, up, up. The hike lives up to its name - Excelsior "ever upward". But so worth it at the top. 360 degree views including Mt. Baker.

hiking
5 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.

This is our 4th hike up Excelsior Pass in the past eight weeks ... moving higher as snow disappeared. Yesterday we made it to the Peak. Beautiful and few bugs.

hiking
5 months ago

Trail is in good condition and no snow even on the last scramble.

All Trails and WTA list both the distance and elevation change different from one another. Be prepared for 11 mile round trip with 4000 feet of elevation change if you want to finish this trail.

hiking
5 months ago

Good climbing trail, a cardio builder. Took us around two hours 15 minutes to high divide. As far as climbing trails go, not too shabby.

Beautiful trail, but all trails has the length wrong - the first two miles are on the road, and then it's about 8 miles walking. The forest road is really rough to get to the trailhead, our car scraped the bottom, needed to cross the stream. At the top possible scramble grade 4-5 to the actual church mountain, I did the west peak. Takes 2.5 hrs up, 2 down from the parking lot.

hiking
5 months ago

Incredible views, too many peaks and waterfalls to count. Black flies were a bother, but well worth the trip. Excellent day hike, strenuous but a gradual gain for the first part of the trail.

Beautiful views and not too crowded. Highly recommend.

Narrow trail, long and steep uphill until the meadow (3 miles). Tons of flowers (and bugs) from there to the top. Amazing views all around once in the meadow.

No issues on the road (it is narrow though, very glad I didn't meet any traffic there). Parking lot filled quickly. Only two small patches of snow, very easy to cross though.

hiking
6 months ago

I wanted to head up to Mt Baker for a mid week hike and I called the Galcier Service Center and said I was looking for a tough hike with no special gear required that would take me to a high elevation. This hike was a perfect match. YOU HAVE TO GO ALL THE WAY UP THOUGH! Apparently the maintained trail ends at about 5100' and its a great view. The hike is mostly in a nice forest with a very nice trail. Then you pop out and start to see the sky. This section is really overgrown and if there happens to be any rain you will be soaked just from the contact of the brush. The hike to this point is about three out of five starts. For that five start experience you should continue to the top, which you think you might see but its actually hiding just behind that peak.

After the maintained trail ends there is some snow on the trail but where its flat and the trail is easy to find. Out footprints going were already hard to see on the return down. After about 15 minutes of hiking from the 5100' level the trail takes you into a valley and there is a crossing where there is a small section of no snow to cross, even though we did cross where there was snow. There are a few switchbacks then the trail goes straight up to the left side of the ridge that you can see. On this ridge you now see Yellow Aster Butte and Winchester Mountain. There are total 360 degree views. Once you reach this ridge its just a casual walk compared to what you just climbed to the summit.

In about 20 minutes you will be on the top of Goat Mountain. This part if very flat and a great place to relax.

Overall, all you need is water, sunblock and poles and some confidence to make this hike a great journey. I think it took about four hours up with a stop for lunch and photos and about three hours down for a total of seven hours RT. This hike has some incredible photo opportunities so make sure you dont miss anything.

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...

hiking
6 months ago

NF-32 is passable in a sedan, but go slowly to avoid potholes. The trail is in good condition but be prepared for snowfields below the summit. There are several minor creek crossings but all offer dry passings. Be mindful to stay on trail during the final extremely steep push to the summit. It is very easy to mistake the higher and closer peak on the right as the trail summit. However, this peak quickly becomes inaccessible due to brush and loose rock.

hiking
6 months ago

The gravel road to the trailhead has some deep potholes, but nothing a sedan can't either handle slowly or navigate around. Parking was no problem, although I arrived at almost 3pm on a Wednesday. The fully-maintained trail does start steep, moderate for a bit, then steepen up again. The last 100 yards were the greatest challenge with melting snow, mud and muddy terrain on the steepest incline of the trek. We didn't fully summit because there was enough snow and wind to make it dangerous. Views were spectacular with most of the major peaks in sight. Clouds covered the rest. Plenty of meltwater waterfalls along the way to keep the dog cool and hydrated. I'd say maybe every 10-15min she got a drink, because most of the trail switchbacks through the streams.

Road is not accessible at this time to the trail head, about a mile and a half from the trail head there are 20-30 trees down. You can park and I walk up to the trail head.

snowshoeing
11 months ago

Great trail to snowshoe, well marked and easy to follow until just before leaving the forest into the upper bowl. Really grateful for my heel lifts though. Great views at the top!

hiking
Saturday, January 07, 2017

Favorite so far, a long exhausting day but AMAZING views. Panoramic from all sides. Hard but so worth it.

hiking
Saturday, December 03, 2016

Beautiful beyond my expectations

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