Excelsior Pass Trail is a 8.4 mile heavily trafficked out and back trail located near Maple Falls, Washington that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as difficult. The trail offers a number of activity options and is best used from June until November.
Directions from Glacier: Travel east on Mt. Baker Hwy. 542 for approximately 7 miles. The parking area is located on the right hand side of the highway. The trailhead is on the left just across from the parking area.
Great trail to snowshoe, well marked and easy to follow until just before leaving the forest into the upper bowl. Really grateful for my heel lifts though. Great views at the top!
Beautiful beyond my expectations
kicked my butt but i did and going again
Incline pretty much all the way up but what a great hike! At least two waterfalls to be seen along this hike.
The best hike I've been on in a long time! The views are absolutely spectacular and definitely worth the climb. The hike in the woods is a pretty stead incline the whole way but definitely doable. One you get to the openness of the mountain, there is lots of snow and a great deal of an incline. The climb to the peak is worth it! We started at 9:30AM and stumbled across some snow in the woods but it wasn't too icy or slippery. We made it to the top of the peak around 1PM and stayed for about an hour eating lunch and enjoying the breathtaking view and made it to the bottom a little before 4:30PM.
For a rare hiker, this is a more rigorous trail. It starts off with four miles of rather steep wooded switchbacks. There are no great views here, but the vast variety of foliage and fungi will keep one entertained. There's also a few visits to the creek which cascades down rocky surfaces. The meadows that follow offer quite a rewarding experience after the seemingly unending switchbacks. Beautiful flowers, nice hillsides, and pretty decent views from here. The views offered by this trail cannot be fully appreciated without scaling the initial peak of the Highline Divide. From there, you will get what I have been told as the best 360 degree view on that trail of all the valleys, peaks, and mountains (Shuksan, Baker) around. I'd say going up and down was rather torturous, but that is to be blamed upon my lack of physical fitness and my whiny hiking partner. In the end, the views really did pay off!
Excelsior is AWESOME! There were sooo many wildflowers everywhere once you reach the valley. Keep hiking until you reach the sign pointing to Damfino lakes and instead take a right to the highest peak. Once you reach the top there's a phenomenal 360 degree view of Baker, Shuksan, and all of the valleys. We ended up hiking about 15 miles easy and there was STILL so much to see.. not enough time in the day! It is absolutely gorgeous. We only ran into one other hiker, granted it was on a Monday. Gets a little chilly at the top even if the sun is blasting so try and pack a light extra layer. The biggest huckleberries you have ever seen, makes for a tasty snack! Blueberries too! Highly highly recommended.