Heliotrope Ridge Trail

Glacier, Washington

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Intimate ice is what this hike is all about. Follow a well-trodden path to the scoured world of the Coleman Glacier, the largest of Baker’s dozen-plus glaciers. From along a steep heap of lateral moraine, stare down into a cavernous abyss of ice and compacted snow. Locate blue grottos in the crevasses of Baker’s frozen icing. Come in July for the lilies, September for the berries, October for the quiet, but don’t try this hike early in the season. The creeks are unbridged and are difficult enough to negotiate in dry periods.
Day Hiking: North Cascades

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Day Hiking: North Cascades

by Craig Romano (The Mountaineers Books)

Intimate ice is what this hike is all about. Follow a well-trodden path to the scoured world of the Coleman Glacier, the largest of Baker’s dozen-plus glaciers. From along a steep heap of lateral moraine, stare down into a cavernous abyss of ice and compacted snow.

Locate blue grottos in the crevasses of Baker’s frozen icing. Come in July for the lilies, September for the berries, October for the quiet, but don’t try this hike early in the season. The creeks are unbridged and are difficult enough to negotiate in dry periods.

©  Craig Romano/The Mountaineers Books. All Rights Reserved.

Activity Type: Hiking
Nearby City: Glacier
Distance: 5.5
Elevation Gain: 1,800 feet
Trail Type: Out-and-back
Skill Level: Moderate
Season: Late July– mid-Oct
Trailhead Elevation: 3,500 feet
Top Elevation: 5,550 feet
Local Contacts: Mount Baker–Snoqualmie National Forest, Glacier Public Service Center
Local Maps: Green Trails Mount Baker No. 13
Driving Directions: Directions to Heliotrope Ridge Trail

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