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Heliotrope Ridge Trail

HARD 307 reviews

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.

Distance: 5.9 miles Elevation Gain: 1,988 feet Route Type: Out & Back

dogs on leash

hiking

nature trips

skiing

snowshoeing

bird watching

forest

river

views

waterfall

wild flowers

wildlife

muddy

snow

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.

hiking
icy
snow
1 hour ago

The road up wasn’t bad at all. The trail gets icy about 3/4 of a mile up so bring micro spikes or crampons. When up to climb the falls but they are all covered by snow at the end of the trail. Also word of warning the weather this time of year can change quickly there were white our conditions for a solid 45mins to a hour. Make sure you prepare. Other then the wash on some ice climbing good day all in all.

hiking
icy
snow
5 days ago

Finally got to see Mount Baker and Coleman Glacier up close. Our 10 year old did great. Roads were slick. We needed to chain up our tires. Coming back down was even more slick. AWD and traction/snow tired vehicles did better than us. Microspikes and poles are difinitely advisable. The trail is snow and ice from start to finish. Definitely worth it all with such a spectacular view!

10 days ago

Great hike to see Coleman Glacier! The trail to the overview is easy to follow with no challenging terrain. The creek crossings, and parts of trail are icy but easily passable in microspikes. If you have time I highly recommend adding on the Climber's Route up to the right of the glacier. It gets very close to Baker with great views. It's steeper and adds some km and elevation gain.

hiking
icy
13 days ago

hiking
icy
rocky
snow
26 days ago

Great trail! Amazing views if you are looking to get as close to Baker as possible without actually climbing Baker. Amazing view of Coleman Glacier also. Not a bad trail, even in November, just watch out for some ice, especially crossing streams.

hiking
icy
rocky
snow
1 month ago

It’s a great hike up to the glacier all the falls are frozen for the most part up by the glacier. Bring micro spikes. If you want to get up there for ice climbing etc get there early I was at the glacier by 830 and there was already another group up there. If you are feeling adventurous you can cut across to the climbers route but bring crampons and tools it’s more of a climb than a hike by that point.

hiking
muddy
snow
1 month ago

hiking
muddy
snow
1 month ago

The majority of the trail is in the forest, with some views out as you near the top. The lower creek crossings were unmentionable / easy. The last crossing was iced over and too swift and high. Wasn't sure if the ice would bear weight so didn't make it to the end. You can see the Coleman Glacier from the final crossing though. Great trail conditions on the way up. The trail got muddier as the temperature rose combined with more foot traffic from later hikers.

hiking
1 month ago

Runoff was pretty high yesterday. No getting to the glacier.

hiking
bridge out
snow
1 month ago

hiking
muddy
snow
1 month ago

Some snow at the top but amazing views of the Glacier

hiking
snow
2 months ago

I was fortunate enough to see the Glacier and, gotta say, it was an emotional experience to see it. So long as the Glacier creek runoff aren't too high, you should have no issue getting there. Today there was a dusting of snow. Would recommend and I hope to come back again!

hiking
2 months ago

well maintained trail. There is snow about halfway up the hike, but not a lot and none yet on the road up. River is flowing slow enough that crossing without taking off shoes is possible which was a huge relief, it is cold up there! Poles still help lots. It was snowing on our way down. Amazing views of the glacier

hiking
snow
2 months ago

hiking
muddy
rocky
snow
2 months ago

hiking
muddy
2 months ago

Trail was muddy when I went, but it was still well maintained. Trecking poles and water sandles would make the creek crossing easier. This is my favorite hike!

hiking
2 months ago

I was here about a year ago and was fortunate enough to be completely alone the entire day. A beautiful hike up to and along the glacier if you go a bit off trail. Even had a mountain goat hanging out with me for a bit of it. Took some beautiful pictures throughout the day as the lighting changed on the mountain.

hiking
2 months ago

Be ready to cross a few creeks and to get into the water up to your knees. I brought sandals and had hiking poles, they made the crossings pretty easy.

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