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Heather - Maple Pass Loop

North Cascades

Trip Report By

WTA Member


Hiked Sep 29, 2018

Type of Hike


Trail Conditions

Trail in good condition


Road suitable for all vehicles


No bugs


Intermittent snow - not hard to cross

On Saturday, mid-day, My friend and I hiked up from the very busy parking lot, and headed counterclockwise, planning to spend the night somewhere along the way. Our hike was crowded, as everyone was coming down this way. But the views were worth it. Saw an array of colors, from the bright yellow larches to the low deep burgundy bushes and oranges and pinks in between. We chose a spot to camp within guidelines, that had an amazing panoramic view, and not long after we got off trail, we noticed that all the day hikers had started their decent, as you need about 1.5 hours plus to get back down, from that far up. We decided to set up then, because the weather looked like it was about to shift, and got our tent up and gear stowed, just as our water for dinner began to boil. We took our scenic photos just in time, as while we were making dinner, it began to snow! This was roughly at about 6, 500ft elevation. We had our dinner and hunkered down. Woke up to several inches, and in a 3 season tent, but we managed to stay warm and dry. The hike down was a bit slippery for having big packs on, we definitely wished we had brought our mirco-spikes. Great fall hike, and it was fun to be the first ones to make tracks and see it snow covered this year!