Ptarmigan Ridge Trail

Mount Baker Wilderness Area, Washington

Distance3.0mi
Elevation Gain1,689ft
Trailhead Elevation5,223ft
Top6,145ft
Elevation Min/Max4993/6145ft
Elevation Start/End5223/5223ft

Ptarmigan Ridge Trail

Ptarmigan Ridge Trail is a hiking trail in Whatcom County, Washington. It is within Mount Baker Wilderness Area. It is three miles long and begins at 5,223 feet altitude. Traveling the entire trail is 6.0 miles with a total elevation gain of 1,689 feet. Along the trail there are woods, a scrub, and a peak. This trail connects with the following: Chain Lakes Trail and Park Glacier Route.

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100 Classic Hikes Washington (The Mountaineers Books)
Craig Romano
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"Traverse a rugged, snowy, and rocky knolled spine above glaciers and barren slopes to almost within embracing distance of majestic Mount Baker. Across alpine tundra and snow?elds that never retreat in summer’s heat, feel the pulse of the icy volcano on this hike. But be forewarned: this trail is more of a climber’s path in spots—rough, sketchy, buried beneath snow. 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 exhilarating hikes in your life." Read more
A FalconGuide to Mount Baker - Mount Shuksan Area (Falcon Guides)
Mike McQuaide
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"This high alpine ridge walk is almost entirely above the tree line and thus boasts spectacular unobstructed Cascade views the whole way. On the way out you feel like you’re crawling right up the spine of Mount Baker; on the way back you’re lured by stunning views of Mount Shuksan, which is in your sight all the way back to Artist Point." Read more
Day Hiking: North Cascades (The Mountaineers Books)
Craig Romano
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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." Read more

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Trail Information

Mount Baker Wilderness Area
Nearby City
Mount Baker Wilderness Area
Parks
Dog-friendly
Accessibility
Easy to Difficult
Skill Level
Mount Baker–Snoqualmie NF, Mount Baker Ranger District, Sedro-Woolley, or Glacier Public Service Center (summer)
Local Contacts
Green Trails, Mount Baker Wilderness WA No. 13S
Local Maps

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Dec 2018