Heliotrope Ridge Trail

Glacier, Washington

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This hike provides a child with a chance to glimpse alpine wonders— to see a glacier headwall and its savage crevasses and to hear the groaning and cracking sounds of an icefall on a shoulder of Mount Baker. Many summit climbers use this route, so children may admire them at close range as well. While experienced hikers travel this route from early July, because three creek crossings are very difficult during the high-water periods of snowmelt, it is best to wait until late summer to take children.
Best Hikes with Kids: Western Washington & the Cascades

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Best Hikes with Kids: Western Washington & the Cascades

by Joan Burton (The Mountaineers Books)

This hike provides a child with a chance to glimpse alpine wonders— to see a glacier headwall and its savage crevasses and to hear the groaning and cracking sounds of an icefall on a shoulder of Mount Baker.

Many summit climbers use this route, so children may admire them at close range as well. While experienced hikers travel this route from early July, because three creek crossings are very difficult during the high-water periods of snowmelt, it is best to wait until late summer to take children.

©  Joan Burton/The Mountaineers Books. All Rights Reserved.

Activity Type: Backpacking, Hiking
Nearby City: Glacier
Distance: 5.5
Elevation Gain: 2,300 feet
Trail Type: Out-and-back
Skill Level: Difficult
Duration: Day hike or backpack
Season: August-September
Trailhead Elevation: 3,700 feet
Top Elevation: 6,000 feet
Local Contacts: Mount Baker-Snoqualmie National Forest
Local Maps: Green Trails No. 13 Mount Baker; USGS Groat Mountain, Mt. Baker
Driving Directions: Directions to Heliotrope Ridge Trail

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Apr 2018