Backpack - Ptarmigan Ridge


Backpack - Ptarmigan Ridge

Let's bask by Baker together on a family friendly backpack to Goat Lake on the Ptarmigan Ridge trail. Registration preference for Backpacking with Kids 2023 course participants until 8/09 and then registration available to any adult with a child with leader permission.

  • *Varies*
  • Moderate
  • Mileage: 8.0 mi
  • Elevation Gain: 1,300 ft

10:00am at the Artists Point Parking Lot with gear ready to go by 10:30am - 

This is a trip with registration priority for Backpacking with Kids 2023 and 2022 participants until 8/09 - then any adult with a child may request permission.

We'll enjoy an easygoing mosey pace along a gorgeous 4 mile traverse (1300 ft of gain) to our campsite on a ridge near Goat Lake.  There are several camping options, including the ridge itself or closer to Goat Lake. We can make a decision as a group as to where we feel most comfortable. 

While there are pit toilets at Artist's Point and the Austin Lakes Picnic Area, Mount Baker requires the use of Blue Bags for disposal of human waste in the backcountry, so please be prepared with a personal wag bag for yourself and your child. 

Either a NW Forest Pass or an America the Beautiful pass is required to park at the trailhead. 

I'll send out an email with additional information about a week before the trip. 



Ptarmigan Ridge

Required Equipment

Required Equipment

The Ten Essentials plus overnight gear which may include:

  • Tent with footprint/ground tarp
  • Stove and fuel
  • Sleeping bag
  • Sleeping pad
  • Water filter
  • Bear canister or extra stuff sack and cord designated for hanging food
  • Cooking pot/pan with plate and utensils
  • Toilet paper and shovel or blue bag to deal with waste
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