Excelsior Ridge (East High Divide Trail)


Day Hike - Excelsior Ridge (East High Divide Trail)

This 10 mile very strenuous point to point hike (3100' elevation gain) is one of the best ridge-walks in the state, through broad wildflower meadows with Baker and Shuksan just across the valley. We'll start at the Welcome Pass TH (with a short car shuttle) and end at the Excelsior Pass TH.

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  • Sat, Aug 23, 2014
  • Foothills Hiking Committee
  • Day Hiking
  • Singles, 20-30 Somethings, Retired Rovers, Adults
  • Moderate, Strenuous
  • Challenging
  • Mileage: 10.0 mi
  • Elevation Gain: 3,070 ft

We'll meet at 6:30AM at the Ash Way Park & Ride in Lynnwood, and carpool first to the Excelsior Peak/Pass trailhead to drop a vehicle, and then to the Welcome Pass trailhead, approx. 2.5 hours from Ash Way.

Directions from Ash Way: https://www.google.com/maps/dir/Ash+Way,+Lynnwood/48.9094534,-121.801875/48.9136000,+-121.7006000/@48.3830387,-123.1148337,8z/data=!3m1!4b1!4m13!4m12!1m5!1m1!1s0x549005b44c257759:0xaf509a7aa6e20079!2m2!1d-122.2595644!2d47.8527899!1m0!1m3!2m2!1d-121.7006!2d48.9136!3e0?hl=en

This is one of the best meadow and ridge walks in the state!  But also one that must be earned with 2500' of elevation gain in the first 3 miles!  Leader permission is requested in order to ensure that everyone on the trip is capable of completing it successfully and safely.

Because a car shuttle is required, we will need at least two drivers.  Please register for this hike only if you are sure you can go, because cancellations are a huge pain on these more complicated shuttle hikes.

The leader will send out emails the week before the hike to assist with carpool and gear planning.  Those who don't want to get up early may want to consider staying at the Mt Baker Lodge the night before, just a short ways further on highway 542.


Excelsior Ridge (East High Divide Trail)

  • Green Trails Mt Baker No. 13

    Green Trails Mt Shuksan No. 14

    Green Trails Mount Baker Wilderness Climbing No. 13SX

    Trails Illustrated North Cascades National Park
  • See full route/place details.
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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