Maple Pass Loop is an extremely popular destination for fall hikers. Every year between September and October my instagram feed seems to be filled with pictures from this trail, which is one main reason I’ve avoided it for so long. But since I was already in the area, I thought I’d go see what all the hype was about. As the name suggests, this trail is a 7.2 mile loop and kayuh and I decided to run it clockwise, getting the steepest part out of the way first.
The trail climbs first above Lake Ann, then through beautiful fields of wildflowers surrounded by the jagged peaks of the North Cascades.
One last push up the ridge and we were at the top of Maple pass with some of the most beautiful views I have ever seen on a short day hike. A sea of snow capped peaks stretched out far into the distance.
It was the golden hour just before sunset and the glow illuminated the larches that dotted the landscape and made the first dustings of snow sparkle all around us. This was one of those breathtaking moments when I was filled with wonder and overwhelming gratitude for our beautiful earth and my life that allows me to experience places like this.
After taking it all in we continued on and started our descent. We passed the iconic lake just as the sun was setting, before the trail took us into the woods and eventually looped backed to our car. Feeling extremely blessed this perfect day, my nature high continued the entire car ride home while my furry co-pilot slept in the passenger seat.
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