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.

Temporary Closure

5/25/22 UPDATE: Forest Road 39 is closed to motorized traffic, beyond the washout at mile 3.8. However foot traffic is allowed, with caution, around the closure area. Please do not park in front of the barrier. The area in front of the barrier must remain clear, to allow for emergency vehicles to turn around. More information on road closures is found on the Mount Baker-Snoqualmie National Forest's road and trail conditions web page and on the Baker Snoqualmie National Forest Facebook page.

getting there

From I-5 just north of Bellingham, drive east on SR-542 (Sunset Highway) to 1 mile east of Glacier. Turn right (south) on Forest Road 39 (Glacier Creek Road) and continue 9 miles to head of Mount Baker Trailhead (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.

noteS

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

Information for LEADERS

INTERNAL CLIMBING LOTTERY

  • The 2022 Mountaineers Internal Lottery results are now final. Please select the Coleman Seracs tab to view the results for this location. If you are scheduling a course trip here for 2022, please check this spreadsheet before listing your trip to be sure your course has priority for the field trip date(s) you are scheduling and that there is no other course that already has priority.
  • The 2023 Mountaineers Internal Lottery results are now final. Please select the Coleman Seracs tab to view the results for this location. If you are scheduling a course trip here for 2023, please check this spreadsheet before listing your trip to be sure your course has priority for the field trip date(s) you are scheduling and that there is no other course that already has priority.

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
Map
  • USGS Mt Baker
  • Green Trails Mount Baker Wilderness Climbing No. 13SX
  • Green Trails Mt Baker No. 13
Activities

Upcoming Activities

Alpine Ice - Heliotrope Ridge and Lower Coleman Glacier & Seracs

Climbing Field trip: Basic Climbing Course
Get on some low angle alpine ice and practice.
Sat, Jun 25, 2022
No Prerequisites
2 participants on waitlist 1 instructor
Registration closes Jun 23
Bellingham Branch

Alpine Ice - Heliotrope Ridge and Lower Coleman Glacier & Seracs

Climbing Field trip: Basic Climbing Course
Get on some low angle alpine ice and practice.
Sat, Jun 25, 2022
No Prerequisites
10 participants 2 instructors
Canceled
Bellingham Branch

Alpine Ice - Heliotrope Ridge and Lower Coleman Glacier & Seracs

Climbing Field trip: Basic Climbing Course
Get on some low angle alpine ice and practice.
Sun, Jun 26, 2022
No Prerequisites
0 participants 1 instructor
Registration closes Jun 24
Bellingham Branch

Everett Intermediate Alpine Ice Field Trip - Heliotrope Ridge and Lower Coleman Glacier & Seracs

Climbing Field trip: Intermediate Alpine Ice
Swinging tools up on the Coleman seracs on Mt. Baker
Difficulty: Intermediate Ice Climb
Sat, Jul 30, 2022 - Sun, Jul 31, 2022
Prerequisites, Leader's Permission Required
11 participants
Registration opens Jun 28
Everett Branch

Everett Intermediate Alpine Ice Field Trip - Heliotrope Ridge and Lower Coleman Glacier & Seracs

Climbing Field trip: Intermediate Alpine Ice
Swinging tools up on the Coleman seracs on Mt. Baker
Sat, Aug 6, 2022 - Sun, Aug 7, 2022
Prerequisites, Leader's Permission Required
11 participants
Registration opens Jun 28
Everett Branch

Alpine Ice 1 - Mount Baker Lower Coleman Seracs & Glacier

Climbing Field trip: Alpine Ice
Practice travel techniques, top roping, and mock leading on moderate alpine ice
Sat, Aug 13, 2022 - Sun, Aug 14, 2022
No Prerequisites
6 participants 4 instructors
Registration closes Aug 11
Foothills Branch

Intermediate Ice 1 & 2 - Heliotrope Ridge and Lower Coleman Glacier & Seracs

Climbing Field trip: Intermediate Climbing Course
Intermediate Ice 1 & 2 Field Trip
Sat, Aug 13, 2022 - Sun, Aug 14, 2022
Prerequisites
2 participants 3 instructors
Registration closes Aug 11
Bellingham Branch

Intermediate Alpine Ice - Field Trip 1 - Heliotrope Ridge and Lower Coleman Glacier & Seracs

Climbing Field trip: Intermediate Glacier/Alpine Module
Intro to alpine ice climbing
Sat, Aug 13, 2022 - Sun, Aug 14, 2022
Prerequisites
0 participants 0 instructors
Registration closes Aug 5
Tacoma Branch

Intermediate Alpine Ice - Field Trip 1 - Heliotrope Ridge and Lower Coleman Glacier & Seracs

Climbing Field trip: Intermediate Glacier/Alpine Module
Intro to alpine ice climbing
Sat, Aug 13, 2022 - Sun, Aug 14, 2022
Prerequisites
8 participants 0 instructors
Registration closes Aug 5
Tacoma Branch

Alpine Ice 1/2 Combo - Heliotrope Ridge and Lower Coleman Glacier & Seracs

Climbing Field trip: Alpine Ice
Students will learn the basics of alpine ice climbing and swap leads on low alpine
Sat, Aug 20, 2022 - Sun, Aug 21, 2022
No Prerequisites, Leader's Permission Required
9 participants 0 instructors
Registration closes Aug 18
Kitsap Branch

TAC MAC Climbing Trip - Mount Baker Lower Coleman Seracs & Glacier

Youth Field trip: Mountaineers Adventure Club - Tacoma
Ice climbing! Let's swing some tools!
Thu, Aug 25, 2022 - Fri, Aug 26, 2022
No Prerequisites
8 participants 1 instructor
Registration closes Aug 23
Tacoma Branch

Alpine Ice 2 - Mount Baker Lower Coleman Seracs & Glacier

Climbing Field trip: Alpine Ice
Steep climbing/multipitch practice
Sat, Aug 27, 2022 - Sun, Aug 28, 2022
No Prerequisites
6 participants 4 instructors
Registration closes Aug 25
Foothills Branch

Olympia Intermediate Ice 1 Field Trip - Heliotrope Ridge and Lower Coleman Glacier & Seracs

Climbing Field trip: Intermediate Climbing Course
Introduction to Ice Climbing, Mock leads
Sat, Sep 24, 2022 - Sun, Sep 25, 2022
No Prerequisites
6 participants
Registration closes Sep 22
Olympia Branch

Olympia Intermediate Ice Field Trip 2 - Heliotrope Ridge and Lower Coleman Glacier & Seracs

Climbing Field trip: Intermediate Climbing Course
Instruction on placing ice protection, anchor building, and mock leads progressing to leading, and swinging
Sat, Oct 1, 2022 - Sun, Oct 2, 2022
Prerequisites
7 participants
Registration closes Sep 29
Olympia Branch
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