Heliotrope Ridge Trail

Glacier, Washington 98244

Heliotrope Ridge Trail

Heliotrope Ridge Trail Professional Review and Guide

"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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Trail Information

Nearby City
1,900 feet
Elevation Gain
Trail Type
Skill Level
4 hours
Mount Baker National Recreation Area
Local Contacts
Green Trails Mount Baker 13
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