|Taking a break on my way down the trail. My 35L red|
Thule pack and I look so teeny! (PC: D. Herscovitch)
Climbing up to Thornton Lakes was the perfect way for me to start getting acquainted with the incredible landscape that is that part of the state. It was a lung buster, but easily do-able in a few hours, even with our relatively late 11am start.
After making our way to the Twisp River Suites post-Thornton Lakes, my partner in crime and I settled in to a beautiful room bigger than my first apartment in Philadelphia with a balcony overlooking the Twisp River.
I'd amassed a list of hikes to choose from over the three days we'd be in the area, and one received glowing recommendations from locals and visitors alike - the Heather - Maple Pass loop. My guidebook dubbed it one of the most exalted of the North Cascades Highway hikes, which, given the landscape, is really saying something.