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1 day ago

I did this trail on July 23, 2018 counterclockwise. This trail has some dramatic scenery of 2 pristine lakes, wildflowers, and snow capped peaks. Personally one of the most beautiful and the hardest hike I’ve ever done. I would consider it on the hard side for a moderate hiker although in honesty I had done the Blue Lake trail right before this so I was already starting from a tired state. I had also hiked just to lake Ann and then came back to do the full loop (you have to backtrack). My advice would be have hiking poles, start early and take your time. I finished the round trip counterclockwise in about 4 hours with a very short break at the top. I ended up hurting my knee (in a lot of pain on the way down) and couldn’t hike another trail for a few days. I think I made the mistake of starting late so I rushed coming down. By the way, the blue lake trail is probably my favorite ever and it’s easier than this one. It’s not too far from this one either.

hiking
2 days ago

I've been here twice. Last year, in the first week of August, the wild flowers were peaking. This year in the 2nd week of August, they were still gorgeous and lovely. I prefer the clockwise route to get the hard elevation out of the way in the shade and fast, so that the rest is more enjoyable. I don't like downhill on my knees. Starting with the counter clockwise route is a longer more gradual ascent, but also more exposed in the sun. This latter area is dazzling with flowers and I prefer to take my time here at the end. Enjoy quite a beautiful hike.

hiking
2 days ago

A spectacular trail that is easy enough for most hikers. Moderare altitude gains with no scrambles. We went counterclockwise and were not disappointed. There is a new vista at every turn and they are all fantastic. A little buggy near Ann Lake and in the trees but otherwise perfect. Well worth the trip and the effort!

camping
2 days ago

We hiked and camped in this area the second week of August 2018. We love this trail! Very easy going, beautiful lake surrounded by mountains, great camping spot, and some fun fly fishing!
First time camping out in the mountains with our 5 and 9 y/o. Great spot right by the river.

Beautiful views at every turn. Lives up to its reputation.

scenic driving
5 days ago

Do not miss this overlook!

hiking
7 days ago

This was my 2nd time making this loop, and it didn’t disappoint. We had cloud cover for most of the hike, which helped with potential heat. The smoke hadn’t rolled in yet so we had great views. Clean, well-marked trail, lots of off-shoots for fun views, and a great pay-off at the end. Make sure you look back to the range off the other side, and also take a left and scramble out the point for spectacular full views off the summit.

Phenomenal views...great climb but not overly strenuous...surrounded by mountains with different views along the way. Lake views and waterfalls too. 4 hr trip including a lunch break...cool at the top...long sleeve or a light jacket recommended. $5 fee if you want to park at the trailhead.

hiking
10 days ago

Awesome trail

I'm fascinating about Lookouts, this one didn't disappointed me even though was locked & views were limited secondary to local fire.

hiking
13 days ago

Started at 2 pm in 90+ degree heat. No snow. We hiked counterclockwise and enjoyed the anticipation and continually bettering views. Blew me outta the water. Only complaint were all the horseflies.

Amazing views!

Hiked this beautiful loop on June 18th and it was stunning, very snow covered, and easy to potentially lose the trail at times. Didnt need/use crampons but if you have them I would recommend bringing them. Saw a porquipine who was not shy at all!

A must stop 'overlook'. We were the only ones around on a Monday night so that helped.

Did this hike on 7/29/18. definitely need hiking poles for this one. The views from this trail are absolutely breathtaking. It does live up to the hype; however, I found certain sections of this trail rather difficult. It gets very narrow with steep inclines/declines and loose rocks, with nothing but deep valley right next to the trail. I did this for my second ever hike, so my experience level might have something to do with it. we went counter clockwise and the incline was very gradual. Encountered some snow, bugs were buzzing in my ear pretty much the whole time outside of the Forrest area, and some hikers reported seeing a black bear not too far off the trail. With generous breaks for taking pictures, flying a drone, and eating/resting, we completed the loop in 6h30m. Lot was pretty full when we got there at 11am. Absolutely gorgeous views, and definitely very glad to have done it!

Incredible hike! Would definitely recommend clockwise, it is steeper uphill but you get there faster. Beautiful views on both sides.

hiking
23 days ago

Great hike. If you have bad knees I recommend going the steep way first so that you have a gentle grade to go down, your knees will thank you! A lot of people wished they had done it that way. This is considered the Clockwise direction- when you get to trailhead go left. Wildflowers were blooming but should be peaking the first week of August. No snow on the trail in July 21,!but lots of snow to play in over the pass. Great way to see the Cascades with your pooch :)

Hiked clockwise starting at 0830. Steep on the way up, but interspersed with enough vistas that you can’t help but stop regularly. It took about two hours up, totalled four and a half following a lunch stop. As others have said, a lot of mosquitoes and black flies up there (including when stopping along the ridge) but spray mostly did the trick. We also saw a couple of marmots on the way down. Snow fields seem to have receded in the last few days, there’s still a couple of short (couple of metre) patches crossing the trail but good shoes should be enough.

hiking
28 days ago

Incredible views all the way around.

My dogs and I ascended the trail in a clockwise fashion and it was definitely worth it. I hate lengthy inclines, but the views on the way up the south ridge just kept getting more spectacular and really helped me forget about the countless switchbacks I was ascending. I actually backpacked to a nearby lake (not an official trail) for the night, so it took me about 2 hours to reach the highest point of the loop with all my gear.

Bugs were not an issue if stops were limited to less than 30 minutes, longer near the top.

A somewhat fit dayhiker can reasonably complete this in maybe 4 hours with a lighter pack than mine.

hiking
29 days ago

2018-07-21, Saturday, arrived Maple Pass trailhead at 10:30am, very few parking spots left. Hiked counterclockwise, easy up, difficult down. The view is absolutely beautiful, on the trail and especially on the top. Wildflowers started blooming, will be fully bloomed in 1 or 2 weeks. A few packed snow but no problems to pass in normal hiking shoes. We spent a lot of time to enjoy the view and took photos. It was almost 6pm when we went back to parking. Last 2 miles trail was very hard.
Definitely bring poles to help and prepare for the aggressive mosquitos.
My iPhone shows the total length 8 miles (13km).

hiking
1 month ago

We did this clockwise. Loved it for the following reasons: only 3 miles to the ridge so yes it is steeper but you are up quicker. You are in the trees for 2.25 miles, (nice and cool). You have beautiful views of Rainy Lake. The trail surface is pine needles without any rocks! Regardless, absolutely stunning scenery on this loop. A few remaining minor snow patches. The mosquitos were aggressive the entire way, except in the stronger breezes, and the black flies nasty at the top and upper ridgelines. If you go up counter clockwise, be prepared for alot of sun on sunny days.

hiking
1 month ago

Hiked Friday 13th. We foolishly left our video camera and tripod at the trailhead with all of our family vacation videos on it ((FOUND!!!)) We were able to do the entire loop starting clockwise with just hiking boots. Had to be careful along a few snow fields but it was truly amazing. I’m 47 and not in the best shape... it took us 5 hours with lunch at the summit. The husband and teen daughters had to wait for me slowly walking uphill but I did fine on the downhill. It was the best family hike ever!!!

on Maple Pass Trail

hiking
1 month ago

Today (7/12/18) I completed the loop going clockwise. It was a totally spectacular hike! I first encountered snow on the trail roughly 1.8 miles from the trailhead. Once I reached the ridge there were more and much larger snowfields. I brought crampons with me, but I never needed them. My poles were enough to help provide stability (with careful footing). The views were some of the best I’ve ever experienced and will definitely go on this hike again when I am in the area.

hiking
1 month ago

Hiked on 7/6 but only able to get to Heather Meadows due to snow. We didn’t bring trekking poles, but it still looked sketchy so we didn’t want to risk it. Still a beautiful hike with lots of wildflowers. Can’t wait to go the entire loop again!

There is still some pretty sketchy snow at the top but I would imagine it should be gone soon. Definately worth the views!

hiking
1 month ago

Hiked on 7/3 clockwise (turn left at the trail head). The trail leading up to Maple Pass was pretty easy to follow, couple of snow fields, but nothing too long. Plenty of footsteps to follow. The ridge leading up to Maple Pass is snow free, this is the part with the best views. Maple Pass is snowed in, and the last couple of feet to get on top of the pile of snow are on an almost vertical snow wall (10 feet high?). Snow seemed stable. Continuing on after Maple Pass it is all snow 1/3 of the way, many footprints and animal prints. We were able to find the path, but it required time. There was a part that looked dangerous, closer to where the snow field ends - all snow on a slope. This is where many people climbing the counterclockwise direction turned back. It looks more dangerous looking up, than down. We had just hiking boots and trekking poles and were able to make it through this part with extra care, but I wouldn't recommend it. This part is about 10 minutes walking time. If you just want to reach the top, it would be easier to start clockwise and then head back the same way.

hiking
1 month ago

Attempted 7/2 around noon. Giving this a 5, despite having to turn back due to trail conditions. The trail got pretty difficult to follow towards the peak due to snow, and my GPS stopped working halfway up. There were lots of footprints veering off in different directions that I felt iffy about following. The snow was also very unstable and soft. Still, this hike is beautiful and definitely one I’ll be returning to. There were forest service crews working on clearing the parking lot when I exited the trail. The didn’t seem too thrilled about the cars parked along the road leading up to the parking lot, but also didn’t explicitly say that it was an issue.

This hike, according to the sign at the trail-head, is about 5 miles r/t. It is uphill and a bit steep at places. the views at the top are spectacular. There are patches of wildflowers along the way at the lower elevation. We made to the top but not the look out. Some weather was coming in and we were the last people up there late in the day. It was a difficult hike for me as I'm not in shape and 68 y/o. I'm now inspired to get back in to an exercise routine, ha, ha.

hiking
1 month ago

Hiked on 7/1 ...Amazing hike .. still some snow at the initial part .. and at the top as well. Had to search for the trail track when you reach towards the peak . The hike is at the higher side of moderate .. with constant elevation gain .. but the views from the top of rainy lake and lake Ann are amazing and worth the hike .. hardly saw people though we started late at 2 pm and took our time reaching the top .. could not complete the whole loop due to snow on the peak and seemed unsafe (looks like you can do whole loop starting July when snow melts) .

hiking
1 month ago

This was an nice trail. The very slow incline was enjoyable and not taxing. The views of the various ridges and at the lake are amazing. It was well traveled on this sunny day. Well maintained. Lots of parking.

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