Maple Pass Loop Hike

Sunday, October 2, 2016 8am – 7pm

A moderate 7.2 mile hike with 2000 foot elevation gain. 2½ hour drive to the Rainy Pass trailhead on Hwy. 20. One NW Forest Pass required per vehicle. Depart Sunnyland Elementary School at 8:00 am (with stop at I-5 / Cook Rd. park & ride across from the 76 gas station – 8:30 departure). Estimated 6:00 PM return to B’ham, including stop at Birdsview Brewing for a beverage and a bite. $9 suggested carpool fee. Contact Bill for more info.

Trip Report

Five of us left B’ham, picked up a sixth at Cook Rd. / I-5, and met three more in Concrete.  It was a little chilly at the trailhead, but we warmed up nicely less than a mile into the hike.  Overall, it was a great day.  The clouds stayed high and broken.  Only twice did we see the slightest, brief hints of rain.  The larches were yellow, the blueberry bushes were orange, and the pikas were busy.  Great views off towards Glacier Peak and down to lakes Ann and Rainy.  There were lots of hikers sharing the trail with us.

After a last-minute side-trip to Rainy Lake and a few pull-outs at lakes Ross and Diablo, we stopped at Birdsview Burgers since Birdsview Brewing was closed.  Good beer on tap and a pretty good menu too.

I should mention that one of our party started to feel weak early into the hike and ultimately headed back to the car.  I mention it because I want to recognize Diana Meek for kindly volunteering to stay back to keep an eye on the situation.  Everything turned out fine.

Lastly, I’m told there is now a park-and-ride lot behind the cement silos in Concrete.  Possibly a good place for a rendezvous on a future hike.