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Heliotrope Ridge Trail is a 5.9 mile heavily trafficked out and back trail located near Deming, Washington that features a waterfall and is rated as difficult. The trail offers a number of activity options and is best used from March until October. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

Length 5.9 mi Elevation gain 1,988 ft Route type Out & Back

Dogs on leash

Hiking

Nature trips

Skiing

Snowshoeing

Bird watching

Forest

River

Views

Waterfall

Wild flowers

Wildlife

Muddy

Snow

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Getting There

Note: You need a valid Recreation Pass in order to hike this trail. Please note that during winter the road leading to the trailhead may be closed. Check with the USFS before visiting.

Washington State Tourism, P.O. Box 42500 , Olympia, WA, 98504-2500, Phone: 360-586-2088, tobyg@tourism.wa.gov

Directions from Glacier: Travel east on Mt. Baker Hwy. 542 for approximately 1 mile to Glacier Creek Road #39. Turn right on Forest Road #39. Follow this road for 8 miles. The parking area and trailhead are located on the left side of the road. A toilet is provided at the trailhead.

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Doug K.
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Hiking

Never seen parking lot so full. Heliotrope creek is covered with snow and would support hikers today, but hikers should be careful in the near future as the snow melts. Lots of mud on trail.

Kyra Patel
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HikingSnow

Completed 7/3/20 The Drive: Lots of potholes but doable, recommend an SUV if possible. Parking: lots of space at trailhead and bathrooms available Trail Conditions: Trail was a bit muddy because of the rain. Towards the top there are a couple feet of snow but it can be done without microspikes. Recommend poles. River crossings were not too bad. Very foggy today with the rain so we couldn’t see the glaciers very well. Overall fun trail and I’d go again on a sunny day!

Abbey Lee
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Completed on 7/4 Got to the parking lot at around 7am, and about half of it was full already (I'm assuming from people camping). Aside from a couple camping parties that were leaving the mountain, we had the trail to ourselves the whole way up. Definitely tread cautiously across all creeks (not just the big one), the rocks underneath the water are a lot more slippery than they appear and we saw people in glacier alpine boots that were struggling. Use hiking poles if you have em, but if you don't you can definitely still make it across, just go slow. We brought our dog, and we ended up carrying him through the bigger creek. A couple of marmots greeted us at the top, and the glacier views were 100% worth the drive/hike. Definitely try to plan your trip on a clearer day so you can see it in full force.

Roman Mountainrunner
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HikingSnow

Absolutely insane glacier views! I’ll be back

Ire Hiker
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Erik Lord
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HikingMuddySnow

Beautiful scenery. Creek crossing was fun, but expect to get your feet wet. Had to turn back around 2.3 miles in...weren't in the right gear for snow. But if you're prepared, you could make it all the way.

Brigan C.
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HikingMuddySnow

Hiked up on 06/20 to camp at Hogsback. Trail in good condition, first stream crossing about 1.25 miles is very fast rushing water up to my calf. Took my boots off and crossed barefoot on the ascent, and just trudged through on the descent. Heavy pack definitely made me almost fall in but managed to avoid getting totally wet. Early season approach to Hogsback is safe right now so I went up and camped there for the night, didn't go to the lookout. Lots of snow, starts at about 5,500ish ft. It's been raining a lot so that could change in a few days. Stunning views!

Roman Mountainrunner
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HikingWashed out

1 mile in the creek was overflowing to the point of being unsafe to cross, moral of story: don't cross the creek at 6pm

Jonah Seely
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Vince Mulcahy
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HikingMuddySnow

Trail is in good shape until the last mile. If you haven't done this trail or don't have a good GPS I'd wait until later in the season. Road to trail head is in good condition.

Ashley Ricketts
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Kaya Sherwood-Bally
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Jamie Pilgrim
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Alex Paige
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Hiking

Stunning hike. Great view, both looking at the overall landscape and the glacier

Heather Johnson
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