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Ptarmigan Ridge Trail

MODERATE 162 reviews

Ptarmigan Ridge Trail is a 7.9 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Deming, Washington that offers scenic views and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking and is best used from July until October. Dogs are also able to use this trail.

Distance: 7.9 miles Elevation Gain: 1,561 feet Route Type: Out & Back

dog friendly

hiking

views

From Bellingham follow the Mount Baker Highway (State Route 542) east for 57 miles to the road end with the mega parking lot for Artist Point (elev. 5140 ft). Please note the road to Artist Point closes in the winter.

hiking
snow
28 days ago

Hiked 11/Nov from Heather Meadows parking lot (the furthest you can drive with road closures at the top of the Baker hwy). Up to Artist Point is icy in the morning, slush in the afternoon. Had micro spikes but only really needed them here. First mile after Artist Point is easy going / a little snow, but once you descend after the Chain Lakes fork you’re in full snow the whole way. Mostly compacted and fine to walk in with hiking boots until it snows again. When you take a left and truly start going along the ridge, the going gets tough and you’d probably need snowshoes, although the trail is also covered in 50degree slanted icy snow which makes the route very difficult to follow. At this point I felt like I had to abandon and turned around, although the views here are great so no problem for this human. There’s also very few markers so I’d advise gps / map&compass as essential.

hiking
snow
2 months ago

Stunning views and easy hike. Some areas were snow covered on early Oct, bring your ice cleat and poles for better grip.

hiking
muddy
rocky
snow
2 months ago

This was a beautiful hike. We did not make it all the way up since the snow was heavier than anticipated ( we did 2 miles in) but we loved it nonetheless. It was pretty muddy and the trail is not marked until you get about a mile in so it’s a little confusing trying to figure out which trail to start on (lower trail). We will try this trail again, next time with better footwear,

hiking
2 months ago

We only went to the junction with Chain Lakes. You could see up ahead on the trail that it was snow covered and my hiking buddy was not prepared for snow. So after this we went down to a Bagley Lakes and Picture Lake. The day was too beautiful not to enjoy.

hiking
muddy
no shade
rocky
scramble
snow
2 months ago

hiking
rocky
2 months ago

Fall colors have just started to turn up. The weather was cloudy yesterday, and the setup had an eerie fall feeling which made the hike worthwhile. There are unlimited berries across the route, which we presented as a reward to ourselves while coming back down the trail(they are super yummy!!)

hiking
no shade
rocky
snow
2 months ago

hiking
no shade
rocky
snow
2 months ago

Views were breathtaking!

hiking
3 months ago

Hiked it with our dog. Many dogs were on leash and not very friendly so we had to do on wash off leash thing all the time. Lots of people on Saturday. Views are breathtaking. We tried to go past the mount baker lookout and it was not a great trail there and than went to the lake down below where our puppy had a great time. Overall wonderful trail with lots of great views, some snow patches and gorgeous mountain scenery. Take water for your dog as there are not so many creeks - unless you go to the lake.

hiking
no shade
3 months ago

Love this moderate, dog friendly trail! Did this one as a birthday hike for my daughter along with her dog, and we all loved it! Big, sweeping, gorgeous mountain views and the little lake near the campsite was such a beautiful color! This one is best on a cool day with a bit of high cloud as there isn’t much shade.

hiking
3 months ago

crowded and the trail was narrow. Views from your first step out of your vehicle. Lots of people!

hiking
no shade
rocky
3 months ago

Best hike ever! Views are dizzying! Rocky and requires good footwork but not difficult! Our weather was clear, then cloudy, then a thick fog descended and it went back and forth throughout the hike which made for beautiful photos!! Heard but did not see many marmot as they called out their “Eeek” sound to their buddies. Also saw goat mom and her 2 babies. Ranger or naturalist was on trail with viewing scope and we were able to see up close the little goats! Many hikers had kids in tow-babies in carriers etc. We had a very fun day!

hiking
no shade
3 months ago

hiking
3 months ago

Hiked to Iceberg Lake and was amazed at how pristine and green this glacier lake was. The backdrop of Baker made it all that more spectacular. The trail had sections of loose rock and some slushy compact snow, but overall was easy to hike. Not much shade, so bring a hat. There were a couple of running streams that my dog appreciated. I would definitely do this hike again!

hiking
muddy
3 months ago

hiking
3 months ago

Drove up from Seattle super early to make this a sunrise hike. Beautiful weather and scenery all around. Hiked out to Camp Kiser, sandwiched between a couple of glaciers on Mt. Baker that kicked up the wind something fierce. On the way back I noticed a rough, steep side trail down to a pair of turquoise lakes just west of the Coleman Pinnacle. Didn’t take the bait today but it would make for a pretty neat side trip for anyone not continuing any further at this point. Overall a pretty easy trail overall. In inclement weather it could easily be a different story. 11 miles R/T for this one.

hiking
3 months ago

The trail is beautiful !!

hiking
rocky
3 months ago

hiking
rocky
4 months ago

This is a beautiful trail. How often do you start your hike already in the Alpine amongst so many peaks! Wow!!! Next, please please please make sure you have your day pass displayed. $5US/day. Did not know about the pass but was able to purchase it online due to great reception. Back to the hike, wow. It’s 12km return, ignore my distance as once again I forgot to restart the recording on the return until part way back. But the elevation is correct. Tells you how high you are already as the hike is more about the distance, rocky surface and patches of snow than it’s is about gaining elevation. Most of the hike is on hard rocky surface that the park staff has turned into a pleasant level surface to walk on with appropriate footwear. At this time the snow that is left is hard packed so easy to walk on but can be slippery on some of the slopes. We had poles, many did not. Our day started a bit overcast but the clouds were pretty high except some that lurked in the valleys that made great pictures. And sure enough, by early afternoon, the sun broke through and the temperature increased significantly. We were already on our way back so my farmers tan/ burn is nothing to brag about. One thing I was concerned about is the lack of water I saw people carrying. We always have 2L water bladder each and if you don’t use it all, so be it. I would hate to not have enough blessed water. Regardless of the weather, this is still 12km and you are exposed for most of the hike so in the summer that’s a lot of sun. Love hiking but hike smart!

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