Excelsior Peak

A moderate 8.4 mile round-trip day hike up the West High Divide Trail with 3,860 feet of elevation gain. You can also hike out the ridge or head down to Damfino Lakes. Either way, you'll enjoy an incredible walk through wildflowers with Mount Baker and Mount Shuksan in view.

getting there

Drive SR-542 (Mt. Baker Hwy) to the West High Divide Trailhead, Trail No. 630, (1,800 ft).

on the trail

Ascend 3.9 miles and 3,540 feet of elevation gain to Excelsior Pass (5,380 ft). Turn right (west) on the East High Divide Trail and hike 0.3 mile to Excelsior's Peak's summit.  Return or hiker as far along the ridge as you wish before returning.  Don't trip over your feet watching the views, which are just that good!  Mount Baker and Mount Shuksan seem close enough to touch just across the valley, and flowers are everywhere in summer.


  • Extend your hike by hiking west along Excelsior Ridge.
  • Extend your hike by heading down to Damfino Lakes from Excelsior Pass.
  • Difficulty: Moderate, Strenuous
  • Length: 8.4 mi
  • Elevation Gain: 3,860 ft
  • 5,699 ft
  • 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
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  • Excelsior Peak & Damfino Lakes
  • Excelsior Peak via West High Divide

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