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.

Ptarmigan Ridge Trail Professional Reviews and Guides

"This 3- to 10-mile out-and-back day hike or overnighter winds its way along a spectacular alpine ridge in the Mount Baker Wilderness. The open terrain allows you to walk as far as you like. With dramatic views from the first step, you'll hike under the shadow of the northernmost Cascade volcano in Washington and the equally scenic Mount Shuksan across the valley.

The trail along Ptarmigan Ridge is arguably the most scenic ridge walk in the Mount Baker area. Constant, glorious views of either Mount Baker’s vast fields of ice or the glacier-carved mass of 9,127-foot Mount Shuksan will accompany you right from the beginning and all along the route. Elevations en route are high, and the trail is generally not passable due to snow until late July or August."

"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."

"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."

"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."

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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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Nov 2018