Submitted By: Butch
Drive Highway 20 to Rainy Pass and park in the day use area. Trail begins near the parking lot.
A gentle climb to Lake Ann and then a gradual ascent to heather and flower covered meadows at Heather Pass. In an additional mile, on open slopes, you'll reach the summit of Maple Pass. A sign at the pass indicates that you have walked 3.1 miles. You can return on the same route or make a loop by continuing to a ridgetop and then descending to Rainy Lake near the parking lot(a 3.3 mile steep descent)! You'll pass whistling marmots and, perhaps, if you are 'lucky' a beautiful black bear (as we did)! This trail was originally built to become the PCT but later considerations concerning the impact that horses might have on the fragile meadows created a change in designation. The trail today is in very good condition.
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