CHS Alumni Hike - Excelsior Ridge

Field trip: Conditioning Hiking Series Alumni

CHS Alumni Hike - Excelsior Ridge

Hike up to incredible Excelsior Pass through wildflowers with Mount Baker and Mount Shuksan seemingly close enough to touch.

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  • Moderate, Strenuous
  • Moderate
  • Mileage: 8.0 mi
  • Elevation Gain: 3,600 ft
  • High Point Elevation: 5,400 ft
  • Pace: 1.5-2.0 mph

Plan to meet at 7am in Bellingham off exit 255 (Hwy 542) to then drive another hour to the trailhead at milepost 41. Limited parking, thus the early start. Cell service drops about milepost 19 just east of Deming, so we'll group at little earlier to make sure we're all together.  No carpooling unless you belong to the same household per Mountaineers protocols at this time. Privy at the trailhead.

Scouted 3/4 of the trail on 6/25 before hitting a foot of snow at the 4400 foot level. It should be melted out by the hike date. This trail climbs 900 feet/mile but has good footing. Your heart will get a good workout. Over three miles is under canopy to keep you out of the direct sun.


Excelsior Ridge (East High Divide Trail)

  • Green Trails Mt Baker No. 13

    Green Trails Mt Shuksan No. 14

    Green Trails Mount Baker Wilderness Climbing No. 13SX

    Trails Illustrated North Cascades National Park
  • See full route/place details.
Required Equipment

Required Equipment

10 Essentials

  1. Map
  2. Compass
  3. Sunglasses and sunscreen
  4. Extra clothing
  5. Headlamp or flashlight
  6. First-aid supplies
  7. Firestarter
  8. Matches
  9. Knife
  10. Extra food
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