Excelsior Ridge – 08-23-2014

Mountaineers hike along Excelsior Ridge. We ascended to the ridge at Welcome Pass and descended back to highway 542 via Excelsior Pass.

Participants include Cheryl Talbert (leader), Nicole Hansen and others.

Excelsior Ridge – 08-23-2014 (Fullscreen Slideshow)


Welcome to the High Divide, an emerald carpet laden with dazzling bouquets draped over a rolling mile-high ridge. Only one problem with this invitation-delivering your reply will be downright demanding. The hike to Welcome Pass is a doozy: 2800 feet of elevation gain in 2.5 miles. And talk about switchbacks. There are more than sixty-count ’em! But once you make the grade, Welcome Pass extends a warm benvenuti and a sincere invite to poke around on the wide-open slopes of the divide, drinking fine views and savoring precious alpine moments.

Driving Directions
From Bellingham follow the Mount Baker Highway (State Route 542) east for 34 miles to the Glacier Public Service Center. Continue east for another 12.5 miles, turning left onto easy-to-miss Forest Road 3060 (the turnoff is 0.3 mile west of the Department of Transportation’s Shuksan garage). Continue 0.7 mile to the road end and trailhead (elev. 2450 ft).
Trailhead GPS coordinates (48.9136, -121.7006)
Northwest Forest Pass required.

Hiking Stats:
11.79 miles, 4153 ft. gain, 8 hrs, 19 min.

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