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.

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
  • 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

Upcoming Activities

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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