Ptarmigan Ridge Trail

Boundary, Washington

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Travel along a rugged knolled snowy and rocky spine above glaciers and barren slopes to almost within embracing distance of majestic Baker. Across alpine tundra, and snowfields that never retreat in summer’s heat, feel the pulse of the frozen volcano on this hike. But be forewarned: this trail is more of a climber’s path, rough and sketchy in spots, buried beneath snow in others. Take ice ax and map and turn around when the going gets spooky. If you’re prepared and conditions are good, however, your journey across Ptarmigan Ridge will be one of the most stimulating and exhilarating in your life.
Day Hiking: North Cascades

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Day Hiking: North Cascades

by Craig Romano (The Mountaineers Books)

Travel along a rugged knolled snowy and rocky spine above glaciers and barren slopes to almost within embracing distance of majestic Baker. Across alpine tundra, and snowfields that never retreat in summer’s heat, feel the pulse of the frozen volcano on this hike.

But be forewarned: this trail is more of a climber’s path, rough and sketchy in spots, buried beneath snow in others. Take ice ax and map and turn around when the going gets spooky. If you’re prepared and conditions are good, however, your journey across Ptarmigan Ridge will be one of the most stimulating and exhilarating in your life.

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

Activity Type: Hiking
Nearby City: Boundary
Distance: 10
Elevation Gain: 1,300 feet
Trail Type: Out-and-back
Skill Level: Difficult
Season: Aug– mid-Oct
Trailhead Elevation: 4,900 feet
Top Elevation: 6,200 feet
Local Contacts: Mount Baker–Snoqualmie National Forest, Glacier Public Service Center, or Mount Baker Ranger District
Local Maps: Green Trails Mount Shuksan No. 14
Driving Directions: Directions to Ptarmigan Ridge Trail

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Apr 2018