Excelsior Pass

Sumas, Washington

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Thanks to a lengthy access road, this hike to the High Divide begins from a trailhead at 1280 m (4200 feet) and is much the easiest of the three routes to Excelsior Pass. For modest effort the rewards are great: a forest of giant hemlocks, extensive alpine meadows and magnificent views of Mount Baker and the Border Peaks. When the meadows are clear of snow, usually by mid-July, you will find glacier lilies, valerian, hellebore, lupine, monkey-flower, coltsfoot, wood betony and others. The hike is suitable for a family outing; take binoculars and your wildflower book and choose a clear day.
Easy Hiking Around Vancouver

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Easy Hiking Around Vancouver

by Jean Cousins (Greystone Books)

Thanks to a lengthy access road, this hike to the High Divide begins from a trailhead at 1280 m (4200 feet) and is much the easiest of the three routes to Excelsior Pass. For modest effort the rewards are great: a forest of giant hemlocks, extensive alpine meadows and magnificent views of Mount Baker and the Border Peaks.

When the meadows are clear of snow, usually by mid-July, you will find glacier lilies, valerian, hellebore, lupine, monkey-flower, coltsfoot, wood betony and others. The hike is suitable for a family outing; take binoculars and your wildflower book and choose a clear day.

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Activity Type: Hiking
Nearby City: Sumas
Distance: 6
Elevation Gain: 1,100 feet
Trail Type: Out-and-back
Skill Level: Easy to Moderate
Duration: Allow 4 hours
Season: Best July to October
Driving Directions: Directions to Excelsior Pass

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