Backpacking Building Blocks Student-Only Backpack

Field trip: Backpacking Building Blocks (B3) Course

Backpacking Building Blocks Student-Only Backpack - Ptarmigan Ridge

Visit the high country on this B3 backpack to Chain Lakes, Ptarmigan Ridge, Table Mtn, and Artist Point. Leader permission required; email Sarah at

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  • Moderate/Strenuous
  • Challenging
  • Mileage: 12.0 mi
  • Elevation Gain: 2,500 ft
  • High Point Elevation: 6,000 ft
  • Pace: 1.5-2.0 mph

Meet at the Glacier Public Service Center Saturday morning at 7:45am

Day 1:  Heather Meadows to Chain Lakes via Herman Saddle to Camp Kiser; 8 miles, +3,4oo feet, -1,800 feet

Day 2: Camp Kiser to Table Mountain to Artist Point to Heather Meadows;  8.5 miles, + 1,900 feet, - 3,500 feet.

This trip is an alternate to the original Cascade Pass/Pelton Basin/Sahale Arm destination due to the Cascade River Road closure and Pincer Creek fire.


Ptarmigan Ridge

  • 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
  • See full route/place details.
Required Equipment

Required Equipment

The Ten Essentials, plus overnight gear as specified by the trip leader

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