Heliotrope Ridge and Lower Coleman Glacier & Seracs

Heliotrope Ridge trail offers easy access to amazing glacier views on Mount Baker. The glaciated area is perfect for practicing glacier travel, crevasse rescue, and ice climbing if you have the gear and expertise.

getting there

From I-5 just north of Bellingham, drive east on SR 542 (Sunset Highway) to 1 mi east of Glacier. Turn right (south) on Glacier Creek Road and continue 9 mi to head of Mount Baker Trail (3,700 ft).

on the trail

Hike up Heliotrope Ridge Trail to the site of the old cabin. It's 5.5 miles round trip with 1,800 feet of elevation gain to a high point of 5,550 ft.

coleman glacier & seracs

From the cabin, follow climbers' trail (covered with snow early in the season) up the steep ridge to the moraine at the edge of the glacier. There are good camp spots on the edge of the moraine  below 6,000 ft.


  • There are many crevasses on this glacier.
  • Forest Road 39 (Glacier Creek road)  is susceptible to washouts.

Information for LEADERS


  • This is a very popular climbing area. If you are listing a trip, please check the Coleman Seracs Internal Lottery Results document before listing your trip to be sure your course has priority for the field trip date(s) you are scheduling, or that there is no other course that already has priority in the internal climbing lottery for your date(s).

Scheduling & Permits

  • Use this route/place for glacier travel, crevasse rescue, and ice climbing field trips on the lower section of the Coleman Glacier.
  • If you are scheduling this as a non-course related activity, please limit your group size to the default party size. The maximum party size is for use by course field trips only, and includes both students and instructors. Group size maximums do not reflect how course field trips are run (in smaller groups of students and instructors), but allow for course leaders to register the course in our system.
  • This route allows multiple bookings. Please check scheduled trips listed below in the "Activities" tab to see if there is another group already booked on the same day. If so, please coordinate with them to ensure you are carpooling and teaching at different areas. Our permit allows for a maximum of two groups per day with up to 12 people each.

  • Suitable Activities: Climbing, Day Hiking
  • Seasons: May, June, July, August
  • Weather: View weather forecast.
  • Length: 5.5 mi
  • Elevation Gain: 1,400 ft
  • USGS Mt Baker
  • Green Trails Mt Baker No. 13
  • Green Trails Mount Baker Wilderness Climbing No. 13S

Upcoming Activities

Olympia Intermediate Ice 1 Field Trip - Mount Baker Lower Coleman Seracs and Glacier

Climbing Field trip: Intermediate Climbing Course
Introduction to Ice Climbing, Mock leads
Sat, Aug 24, 2019 - Sun, Aug 25, 2019
No Prerequisites
0 participants 0 instructors
Registration closes Aug 22
Olympia Branch

Olympia Intermediate Ice Field Trip 2 - Mount Baker Lower Coleman Seracs and Glacier

Climbing Field trip: Intermediate Climbing Course
Instruction on placing ice protection, anchor building, and mock leads progressing to leading
Sat, Sep 7, 2019 - Sun, Sep 8, 2019
0 participants
Registration closes Sep 5
Olympia Branch
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  • Mount Baker Lower Coleman Seracs and Glacier

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