Excelsior Peak via Damfino Lakes

A moderate hike of 6.5 miles round trip with 1,500 feet of elevation gain northwest of Mount Baker. Enjoy flower-filled meadows and views of Mount Baker. Considering extending your journey on the East High Divide Trail going as far as Welcome Pass.

Getting There

Drive 1.8 miles east on SR-542 from the Glacier Public Service Center, turn left onto Forest Road 31 (Canyon Creek Road), and drive 16.7 miles to its end and the Damfino Lakes Trailhead with parking for ~15 cars (4,250 ft). Note that parts of the road are paved, parts are rough with large portholes and deteriorating pavement, and parts are good gravel and dirt surface.

On the Trail

Hike the Damfino Lakes Trail 0.7 mile to Damfino Lakes and continue 2.2 miles to Excelsior Peak. For those wanting  more mileage and adventure, consider hiking the East High Divide Trail going as far as Welcome Pass.

Notes

  • Backpackers may need to  carry water to camp from last stream crossing a half mile before the ridge.  
  • Suitable Activities: Backpacking, Day Hiking
  • Seasons: July, August, September
  • Weather: View weather forecast
  • Difficulty: Easy/Moderate
  • Length: 6.5 mi
  • Elevation Gain: 1,500 ft
  • 5,699 ft
Map
  • Green Trails Mount Baker Wilderness Climbing No. 13SX
Activities

Upcoming Activities

Backpack - Excelsior Peak via Damfino Lakes

Backpacking Trip
A slow-to-moderate pace backpack to a ridge with fantastic views and flowers. Slower paced for
Difficulty: Easy/Moderate
Sat, Aug 13, 2022 - Sun, Aug 14, 2022
No Prerequisites
1 participant
Registration closes Aug 12
Seattle Branch
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  • Damfino Lakes
  • Excelsior Peak & East High Divide
  • Excelsior Peak & East High Divide via Damfino Lakes
  • Welcome Pass
  • Welcome Pass via Damfino Lakes
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