2. Maple Pass Loop
Easily accessed from the Rainy Pass Picnic Area off the North Cascades Highway (Hwy 20), the seven-mile Maple Pass Loop is a well-maintained trail that heads in either direction and treats hikers to old-growth forests, open ridgelines, anddramatic views of the rugged peaks that define North Cascades National Park. While the trailhead and sections of the trail are outside of the national park boundary, it provides perhaps the most dense concentration of all that the North Cascades has to offer and has proven to be one of the most popular hikes in the state of Washington. While the seven miles of this trail treats hikers to postcard-worthy views the entire way, if you have the extra hour, the Maple Pass Loop also lends access to nearby Lake Ann, which can serve as the cherry on top for an amazing North Cascades adventure.