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Heather - Maple Pass Loop

North Cascades

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Hiked Oct 15, 2011

Type of Hike

Day hike


Snowfields to cross - could be difficult
Lots of folks had the same idea today ... at least 100 cars in the parking lot! Not a surprise, given 1) Perfect fall weather, 2) On a Saturday! and 3) One of the top larch trails in the state. The trail is snow covered starting about half way up, and became icy late in the afternoon during our descent. Trekking poles for sure, and traction devices if you have them, will make the going a lot easier. There is about a foot of snow at the pass. The white blanket of snow, blue skies, and golden larch made for a photographer's paradise. The light dusting of snow on the steep mountain faces works kind of like fingerprint powder in the way it outlines textural details. The next few days promise the same great weather. Go now, winter is fast approaching!


Heather - Maple Pass Loop

Excellent pictures, thanks for posting! The solar spotlight pic is amazing.

Posted by:

Mr Hound on Oct 17, 2011 02:44 PM