CHS 1 Hike

Field trip: Conditioning Hiking Series

CHS 1 Hike - Excelsior Peak

CHS hike led at a CHS 1 pace (1.5-2.0 mph) up the West High Divide trail over Excelsior Pass then continuing on the East High Divide Trail.

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  • Strenuous
  • Challenging
  • Mileage: 10.0 mi
  • Elevation Gain: 3,900 ft
  • High Point Elevation: 5,735 ft
  • Pace: 1.5-2.0 mph

We hope to have boots on the trail before 8am because the parking lot is limited. Expect to meet around 6:15am at the Chuckanut P&R at Exit 231 to carpool to the trailhead up highway 542 (Mt Baker highway).

Scouted the hike on 7/17. Ascend at 900 feet per mile for 4 miles to the pass then travel a contour east for a mile or two taking in views of peaks and wildflowers before retracing our route.


Excelsior Peak

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Required Equipment

Required Equipment

Ten Essential Systems

  1. Navigation (map & compass)
  2. Sun protection (sunglasses & sunscreen)
  3. Insulation (extra clothing)
  4. Illumination (headlamp/flashlight)
  5. First-aid supplies
  6. Fire (waterproof matches/lighter/candle)
  7. Repair kit and tools
  8. Nutrition (extra food)
  9. Hydration (extra water)
  10. Emergency shelter (tent/plastic tube tent/garbage bag)
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