Chowder Ridge

Glacier, Washington

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Chowder Ridge offers a wild, scenic approach and excellent early and late-season skiing over moderate terrain. In good weather, spectacular views of Mounts Baker and Shuksan and the American Border Peaks heighten the experience. A United States Forest Service–imposed “migratory goat closure” and deep snow packs turn this day tour into an overnight tour. Before July, those with more time can bicycle or hike the long approach road. USFS plans to permanently close Wells Creek Road near the 6-mile mark. Skiers who love this area are encouraged to protest this decision. Difficulties: Moderate avalanche potential; some glacier travel; routefinding required.
100 Classic Backcountry Ski & Snowboard Routes in Washington

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100 Classic Backcountry Ski & Snowboard Routes in Washington

by Rainer Burgdorfer (The Mountaineers Books)

Chowder Ridge offers a wild, scenic approach and excellent early and late-season skiing over moderate terrain. In good weather, spectacular views of Mounts Baker and Shuksan and the American Border Peaks heighten the experience. A United States Forest Service–imposed “migratory goat closure” and deep snow packs turn this day tour into an overnight tour.

Before July, those with more time can bicycle or hike the long approach road. USFS plans to permanently close Wells Creek Road near the 6-mile mark. Skiers who love this area are encouraged to protest this decision. Difficulties: Moderate avalanche potential; some glacier travel; routefinding required.

©  Rainer Burgdorfer/The Mountaineers Books. All Rights Reserved.

Activity Type: Backcountry Skiing & Snowboarding
Nearby City: Glacier
Distance: 10
Trail Type: Out-and-back
Skill Level: Moderate
Duration: 8-12 hours
Season: Best July to November
Trailhead Elevation: 4,700 feet
Top Elevation: 7,515 feet
Local Maps: Green Trails No. 13 Mount Baker
Driving Directions: Directions to Chowder Ridge

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