Excelsior Peak

A moderate 8.4 mile day hike up the West High Divide Trail with 3,860 feet of elevation gain. You can also hike part way out the ridge or head down to Damfino Lakes. Either way, you'll enjoy incredible walk through wildflowers with Mount Baker and Mount Shuksan seemingly close enough to touch.

driving directions

Drive to the West High Divide trailhead (Trail No. 630) just off of State Route 542.

on the trail

Ascend 3.9 miles and 3,540 feet of elevation gain to Excelsior Pass (5,380 ft). Turn right (west) on the East High Divide Trail and hike 0.3 mile to Excelsior's Peak's summit.  Return or hiker as far along the ridge as you wish before returning.  Don't trip over your feet watching the views, which are just that good!  Mount Baker and Mount Shuksan seem close enough to touch just across the valley, and flowers are everywhere in summer.


  • Extend your hike by hiking west along Excelsior Ridge.
  • Extend your hike by heading down to Damfino Lakes from Excelsior Pass.
  • Difficulty: Moderate, Strenuous
  • Length: 8.4 mi
  • Elevation Gain: 3,860 ft
  • 5,699 ft
  • Green Trails Mount Baker Wilderness Climbing No. 13S
  • Green Trails Mt Shuksan No. 14
  • Green Trails Mt Baker No. 13
  • Trails Illustrated North Cascades National Park
  • Red Marker
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  • Red Marker
    48.934964, -121.790014
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