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 Road Closure Notice

Updated 5/17/19

FS Road 39 (Glacier Creek Rd) will be closed July 8-12 (Mon-Fri) and July 15-19 (Mon-Fri) for road maintenance. The road is planned to open weekends, however, it will close on Monday and any vehicles left behind the closure will remain there until the following weekend. Please visit the USFS Mt. Baker-Snoqualmie National Forest Alerts and Notices page for updates.

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.

noteS

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

Information for LEADERS

INTERNAL CLIMBING LOTTERY

  • 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).
  • The 2020 Coleman Seracs Internal Lottery results are now final. If you are scheduling a course trip here for 2020, please check this 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 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
Map
  • USGS Mt Baker
  • Green Trails Mt Baker No. 13
  • Green Trails Mount Baker Wilderness Climbing No. 13S
Activities

Upcoming Activities



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

Climbing Field trip: Intermediate Alpine Ice
Swinging ice tools up on the Coleman seracs on Mt. Baker
Sat, Aug 3, 2019 - Sun, Aug 4, 2019
Prerequisites, Leader's Permission Required
8 participants 0 instructors
Registration closes Jul 10
Everett Branch

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

Climbing Field trip: Intermediate Climbing Course
Intermediate Ice 1 Field Trip
Sat, Aug 10, 2019 - Sun, Aug 11, 2019
Prerequisites, Leader's Permission Required
5 participants
Registration closes Aug 8
Bellingham Branch

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

Climbing Field trip: Intermediate Ice Module
Intermediate Field Trip 11 - Leading on Alpine Ice
Sat, Aug 17, 2019 - Sun, Aug 18, 2019
No Prerequisites
10 participants 1 instructor
Registration opens Jul 1; Instructor registration open now
Tacoma Branch

Alpine Ice FT 1 - Heliotrope Ridge and Lower Coleman Glacier & Seracs

Climbing Field trip: Alpine Ice
Learn the basics of alpine ice climbing
Sat, Aug 17, 2019 - Sun, Aug 18, 2019
Prerequisites
3 participants 0 instructors
Registration closes Aug 15
Seattle Branch

Alpine Ice FT 1 - Heliotrope Ridge and Lower Coleman Glacier & Seracs

Climbing Field trip: Alpine Ice
Learn the basics of alpine ice climbing
Sat, Aug 24, 2019 - Sun, Aug 25, 2019
Prerequisites
1 participant on waitlist 1 instructor
Registration closes Aug 22
Seattle Branch

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
1 participant on waitlist 0 instructors
Registration closes Aug 22
Olympia Branch

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

Climbing Field trip: Intermediate Ice Module
Intermediate Field Trip 11 - Leading on Alpine Ice
Sat, Aug 31, 2019 - Sun, Sep 1, 2019
No Prerequisites
9 participants 0 instructors
Registration opens Jul 1; Instructor registration open now
Tacoma Branch

Alpine Ice FT 1 - Heliotrope Ridge and Lower Coleman Glacier & Seracs

Climbing Field trip: Alpine Ice
Learn the basics of alpine ice climbing
Sat, Aug 31, 2019 - Sun, Sep 1, 2019
Prerequisites
8 participants 1 instructor
Registration closes Aug 8
Seattle Branch

Alpine Ice FT 1 - Heliotrope Ridge and Lower Coleman Glacier & Seracs

Climbing Field trip: Alpine Ice
Learn the basics of alpine ice climbing
Sat, Sep 7, 2019 - Sun, Sep 8, 2019
Prerequisites
1 participant 0 instructors
Registration closes Sep 5
Seattle 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
Prerequisites
1 participant on waitlist 1 instructor
Registration closes Sep 5
Olympia Branch

Alpine Ice FT2 - Heliotrope Ridge and Lower Coleman Glacier & Seracs

Climbing Field trip: Alpine Ice
Students will swap leads on alpine low angle glacier ice
Sat, Sep 14, 2019 - Sun, Sep 15, 2019
Prerequisites
0 participants 1 instructor on waitlist
Registration closes Sep 12
Seattle Branch

Alpine Ice FT2 - Heliotrope Ridge and Lower Coleman Glacier & Seracs

Climbing Field trip: Alpine Ice
Students will swap leads on alpine low angle glacier ice
Sat, Sep 21, 2019 - Sun, Sep 22, 2019
Prerequisites
1 participant 0 instructors
Registration closes Sep 19
Seattle Branch

Alpine Ice FT2 - Heliotrope Ridge and Lower Coleman Glacier & Seracs

Climbing Field trip: Alpine Ice
Students will swap leads on alpine low angle glacier ice
Sat, Oct 5, 2019 - Sun, Oct 6, 2019
Prerequisites
7 participants 0 instructors
Registration closes Oct 3
Seattle Branch

Alpine Ice FT2 - Heliotrope Ridge and Lower Coleman Glacier & Seracs

Climbing Field trip: Alpine Ice
Students will swap leads on alpine low angle glacier ice
Sat, Oct 12, 2019 - Sun, Oct 13, 2019
Prerequisites
5 participants 1 instructor
Registration closes Oct 10
Seattle Branch
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  • Heliotrope Ridge
  • Mount Baker Lower Coleman Seracs and Glacier
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