Ptarmigan Ridge

A hike on what is more of a climber's path and often snow-covered well into summer. It's up to 10 miles round trip with 1,300 feet of elevation gain. Enjoy views of Mount Baker and Mount Shuksan. In winter is is a good backcountry ski tour.

Temporary Closure

5/29/21 Update: SR-542 is closed at Milepost 55.6 to Artist Point. Visit the Washington State Department of Transportation "Artist Point" web page and the Mount Baker-Snoqualmie National Forest "Alerts & Notices" web page for more information.

getting there

Drive SR 542 east  to the Glacier Public Service Center (Ranger Station). In winter, continue 22.5 miles to the Mount Baker Ski Area and continue to the uppermost parking lot (4,250 ft). In summer, continue another 2.5 miles to the Artist Point trailhead and large parking lot (5,100 ft).

During winter and early spring, all cars must carry chains and a snow shovel!

on the trail

10 miles round trip with 1,300 feet of elevation gain

Hike the Ptarmigan Ridge Trail from Artist Point to the base of the Sholes Glacier (5,990). The trail is more of a climber's path than a maintained trail.

ski route

13 miles round trip with 2,500 feet of elevation gain

Climb to  Austin Pass  and then along Ptarmigan Ridge to ski one of the many options even as far as Coleman Pinnacle or Sholes Glacier.

  • Suitable Activities: Backcountry Skiing, Day Hiking, Snowshoeing
  • Snowshoeing Category: Intermediate
  • Seasons: Year-round
  • Weather: View weather forecast
  • Difficulty: Moderate, M2 Mountain 2 Ski
  • Length: 10.0 mi
  • Elevation Gain: 1,300 ft
  • 5,990 ft
Map
  • Green Trails Mt Baker No. 13
  • USGS Mt Baker
  • Green Trails Mt Shuksan No. 14
  • Green Trails Mount Baker Wilderness Climbing No. 13SX
  • USGS Shuksan Arm
Activities

Upcoming Activities

Backpack - Ptarmigan Ridge

Backpacking Trip
Let's bask by Baker together on a beginner friendly mid-week backpack to Goat Lake on
Difficulty: Easy/Moderate
Wed, Aug 18, 2021 - Thu, Aug 19, 2021
No Prerequisites
13 participants on waitlist
Registration closes Aug 16
Foothills Branch

Backpack - Ptarmigan Ridge

Backpacking Trip
Ptarmigan Ridge - The Sequel. Let's bask by Baker together (again) on a beginner friendly
Difficulty: Easy/Moderate
Wed, Aug 25, 2021 - Thu, Aug 26, 2021
No Prerequisites, Leader's Permission Required
8 participants on waitlist
Registration closes Aug 23
Foothills Branch

CHS 1 Hike - Ptarmigan Ridge

Day Hiking Field trip: Conditioning Hiking Series
CHS 1 GRADUATION HIKE. Two of Washington's 100 Classic hikes! We'll follow this trail from
Difficulty: Moderate
Fri, Sep 10, 2021
No Prerequisites
6 participants
Registration opens Aug 25
Seattle Branch
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  • Coleman Pinnacle
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