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.

noteS

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

Information for LEADERS

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.
  • If you are scheduling a course field trip, please contact our Member Services Team to confirm the field trip and any permitting regulations.

  • 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
Climbing with tools up on the Coleman seracs on Mt. Baker
Sat, Aug 4, 2018 - Sun, Aug 5, 2018
Prerequisites, Leader's Permission Required
9 participants
Registration closes Aug 2
Everett Branch

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

Climbing Field trip: Intermediate Climbing Course
Intermediate Ice 1 Field Trip
Sat, Aug 11, 2018
No Prerequisites
2 participants 0 instructors
Registration closes Aug 9
Kitsap Branch

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

Climbing Field trip: Intermediate Climbing Course
Ice anchors, swinging leads on glacier ice.
Sun, Aug 12, 2018
No Prerequisites
2 participants 0 instructors
Registration closes Aug 10
Kitsap Branch

Intermediate Field Trip #6 Ice Climbing 2 - Heliotrope Ridge and Lower Coleman Glacier & Seracs

Climbing Field trip: Intermediate Climbing
Tacoma Intermediate Ice II Field Trip/Coleman Glacier
Sat, Aug 18, 2018 - Sun, Aug 19, 2018
Prerequisites
4 participants on waitlist 0 instructors
Registration closes Aug 16
Tacoma 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, Aug 25, 2018 - Sun, Aug 26, 2018
No Prerequisites
2 participants on waitlist
Registration closes Aug 23
Olympia Branch

Intermediate Field Trip #6 Ice Climbing 2 - Heliotrope Ridge and Lower Coleman Glacier & Seracs

Climbing Field trip: Intermediate Climbing
This field trip will cover the fundamentals of ice climbing, belaying, rappelling, and swinging leads
Mon, Aug 27, 2018 - Tue, Aug 28, 2018
Prerequisites
6 participants 0 instructors
Registration closes Aug 25
Tacoma 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
Sat, Sep 8, 2018 - Sun, Sep 9, 2018
Prerequisites
0 participants
Registration closes Sep 6
Olympia Branch

Intermediate Crevasse Rescue - Heliotrope Ridge and Lower Coleman Glacier & Seracs

Climbing Field trip: Intermediate Climbing Course
Intermediate Crevasse Rescue
Sat, Sep 15, 2018 - Sun, Sep 16, 2018
No Prerequisites, Leader's Permission Required
9 participants 1 instructor
Registration closes Sep 13
Bellingham Branch

Alpine Ice FT 1 - Mount Baker Lower Coleman Seracs and Glacier

Climbing Field trip: Alpine Ice
Learn the basics of alpine ice climbing
Tue, Sep 18, 2018 - Wed, Sep 19, 2018
No Prerequisites
9 participants 2 instructors
Registration opens Jul 2; Instructor registration open now
Seattle Branch

Alpine Ice FT 1 - Mount Baker Lower Coleman Seracs and Glacier

Climbing Field trip: Alpine Ice
Learn the basics of alpine ice climbing
Sat, Sep 22, 2018 - Sun, Sep 23, 2018
No Prerequisites
9 participants 2 instructors
Registration opens Jul 2; Instructor registration open now
Seattle Branch

Alpine Ice FT 1 - Mount Baker Lower Coleman Seracs and Glacier

Climbing Field trip: Alpine Ice
Learn the basics of alpine ice climbing
Sat, Sep 29, 2018 - Sun, Sep 30, 2018
No Prerequisites
9 participants 2 instructors
Registration opens Jul 2; Instructor registration open now
Seattle Branch

Alpine Ice FT2 - Mount Baker Lower Coleman Seracs and Glacier

Climbing Field trip: Alpine Ice
Students will swap leads on alpine low angle glacier ice
Sat, Oct 6, 2018
No Prerequisites
9 participants 2 instructors
Registration opens Jul 2; Instructor registration open now
Seattle Branch

Alpine Ice FT2 - Mount Baker Lower Coleman Seracs and Glacier

Climbing Field trip: Alpine Ice
Students will swap leads on alpine low angle glacier ice
Sun, Oct 7, 2018
No Prerequisites
9 participants 2 instructors
Registration opens Jul 2; Instructor registration open now
Seattle Branch

Alpine Ice FT2 - Mount Baker Lower Coleman Seracs and Glacier

Climbing Field trip: Alpine Ice
Students will swap leads on alpine low angle glacier ice
Wed, Oct 10, 2018
No Prerequisites
9 participants 2 instructors
Registration opens Jul 2; Instructor registration open now
Seattle Branch

Alpine Ice FT2 - Mount Baker Lower Coleman Seracs and Glacier

Climbing Field trip: Alpine Ice
Students will swap leads on alpine low angle glacier ice
Sat, Oct 13, 2018
No Prerequisites
9 participants 2 instructors
Registration opens Jul 2; Instructor registration open now
Seattle Branch

Alpine Ice FT2 - Mount Baker Lower Coleman Seracs and Glacier

Climbing Field trip: Alpine Ice
Students will swap leads on alpine low angle glacier ice
Sun, Oct 14, 2018
No Prerequisites
9 participants 2 instructors
Registration opens Jul 2; Instructor registration open now
Seattle Branch
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  • Heliotrope Ridge
  • Mount Baker Lower Coleman Seracs and Glacier
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