Heliotrope Ridge Trail

Glacier, Washington

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This popular and historic trail offers perhaps the best opportunity on the north side (that is, the Mount Baker Highway side) to experience one of Mount Baker’s glaciers up close. In a little less than 3 miles, the trail ends at the toe of the Coleman Glacier, named for Edmund Coleman, who in 1868 became the first person to make it to the summit of Mount Baker. The sight of the snow-white river of ice pouring down the mountainside into a jumble of house-size blocks is truly spectacular, and this trail puts you right there. Those views and the somewhat easy accessibility ensure that on weekends you won’t be alone.
A FalconGuide to Mount Baker - Mount Shuksan Area

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A FalconGuide to Mount Baker - Mount Shuksan Area

by Mike McQuaide (Falcon Guides)

This popular and historic trail offers perhaps the best opportunity on the north side (that is, the Mount Baker Highway side) to experience one of Mount Baker’s glaciers up close. In a little less than 3 miles, the trail ends at the toe of the Coleman Glacier, named for Edmund Coleman, who in 1868 became the first person to make it to the summit of Mount Baker.

The sight of the snow-white river of ice pouring down the mountainside into a jumble of house-size blocks is truly spectacular, and this trail puts you right there. Those views and the somewhat easy accessibility ensure that on weekends you won’t be alone.

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Activity Type: Hiking
Nearby City: Glacier
Distance: 6
Elevation Gain: 1,900 feet
Trail Type: Out-and-back
Skill Level: Moderate
Duration: 4 hours
Season: Summer-Fall
Local Contacts: Mount Baker National Recreation Area
Local Maps: Green Trails Mount Baker 13
Driving Directions: Directions to Heliotrope Ridge Trail

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Apr 2018