Excelsior Peak


Day Hike - Excelsior Peak

Day hike to a peak with gorgeous views of the North Cascades and high meadows.

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  • Strenuous
  • Moderate
  • Mileage: 13.0 mi
  • Elevation Gain: 4,200 ft

Meet at 8:30AM at the Glacier Public Service Center in  the town of Glacier on Rte 542. Allot 8 1/2 - 9 hours for this hike. Approximate drive time to trailhead is 2 1/2 hours from Seattle. Note: Leaders  will be camping at the Douglas Fir campground. There are two other Mountaineer day hikes that might be of interest on 8/30 and 9/1 so you may want to consider staying in this area overnight.

This is a strenuous hike that requires good condition but will be at a moderate pace. Totals will be about 11 miles and nearly 4000' elevation gain. 

Northwest Forest Pass is required. 


Excelsior Peak

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Required Equipment

Required Equipment

The Ten Essentials

  1. Navigation
  2. Sun protection
  3. Insulation (extra clothing)
  4. Illumination
  5. First aid supplies
  6. Fire
  7. Repair kit and tools, including knife
  8. Nutrition (extra food)
  9. Hydration (extra water)
  10. Emergency shelter
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