Heliotrope Ridge Trail
Mt Baker National Forest
Mt Baker Hwy 0.8 miles past Glacier;
then R on Glacier Creek Rd for approx 8 miles
If I had made the full 5.5 mile roundtrip trek, you'd probably see pictures of Mt. Baker and Coleman Glacier down below. Alas, I attempted the hike a bit too early in the season.
This is a steep hike, climbing 1400 feet on the way to Heliotrope Ridge, initially through forest but ending with some great views of Mt. Baker and its largest glacier, Coleman Glacier. But early season snow can linger on the trails, and when it melts later in the summer, it sends a lot of water down some mountain creeks, including Kulshan Creek, which the trail follows for a stretch.
The trail crosses through three of these creeks. Yes, through - there are no bridges at these crossings. I don't mind getting my feet wet, but I reached a crossing that was too deep and too fast for my liking, so I made that my turn-around point. Others made the same choice that day, but a few folks with walking poles made the crossing - carefully.
I was disappointed with my, um, abridged hike. I hope you have better conditions (although I'll be jealous if you do).
Heliotrope Ridge Trail (V04A0191)
Waterfall along the Trail (V04A0201)
Small waterfalls are common along hiking trails in the Cascades.
You may also like these Mt. Baker National Forest sights:
- Artist Point, Mt Baker National Forest, Washington
- Nooksack Falls, Mt Baker National Forest, Washington
- Picture Lake, Mt Baker National Forest, Washington
While you're in the area, check out these sights:
- Marine Life Center, Bellingham, Washington
- Mojo Music Giant Guitar, Bellingham, Washington
- Prospector Sculpture, Sumas, Washington