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Snow Starts on the relatively easy to follow ridge from 5100ft to the switchback at 5700. From there, the traverse is in good condition until you get to about 5900 and take the "right" up to the summit....which is a steep, consolidated snow slope. Snowpack would have been good for crampons + iceaxe in the morning, but I turned back at this point. Wildflowers and birds were everywhere, and the views are wonderful on the way down. Great early season recommendation by the Glacier Glacier Public Service Center Rangers.

Wildflowers the entire way, no bugs! Gorgeous full waterfalls all the way. Fairly good shape entire way although couldn’t get to the end as an snow/ice bridge was large over one of the last creeks, and we didn’t wish to scramble down and around...all in all, a great early hike.

hiking
24 days ago

Trail is washed out in a few places. Crossed about 10 areas of water from run off from the mountain. Could not get to the end. Turned around after 2nd big washout area. Hike was still pretty with lots of waterfalls and wildflowers

Very snow heavy about 2.5 miles in - amazing view at the top though. Incline the whole way up. and lost the trail - needed to follow tracks and map. Slid down on my butt for the first two miles back down. Was a fun hike but difficult with the snow

snowshoeing
2 months ago

The road to the trail head has a large patch of snow covering it still which our low clearance car couldn’t take so we walked the 2.4 miles to the trail head. The majority of the road is dry though. The trail is beautiful, quite steep then hits a lot of snow around 3500 ft. We followed someone’s trail through the snow but lost them at around 4100. Since we weren’t familiar with the trail we turned around. We probably were close to the clearing but snowshoeing started to become more difficult as the snow was very soft and we would slide on steeper sections. We then attempted to go to the old lookout but also too snowed in and didn’t see a trail. All in all it was a lot of fun, our first time snowshoeing on a trail like this.

Totally enjoyed a late Feb x country ski from the wintertime parking . After leaving the snow-shoe’rs and their big footprints behind the snow was untouched and the world was silent. Just a great day!

snowshoeing
5 months ago

...we were gifted with crystal clear blue skies all day long as we explored the area on our snowshoes, constantly in awe of the landscape , the imposing mass of Mt Baker and not to be out done , the glaciated face of Mt Shuksan...... it is incredibly quick and easy access from the ski hill into the open , back country.... and even tho there was a fair number of people exploring the area there was no escaping the " out there " , wild feel of it..... the only draw back was a rather tedious cross slope trail that proved cumbersome in snowshoes going from Artist Point up to the saddle where the trail branches off for Ptarmigan Ridge, but small potatoes compared to the sights that surrounded us. will definitely be back , ..and i must explore this area in the summer months !

We got about halfway up before getting into the snow. By about mile 4 the snow was up to our hips and we were all tuckered out. We would have gone farther if we'd had our snowshoes.

hiking
7 months ago

Went up in mid-October and conditions were excellent. We brought snowshoes but didn’t end up using them. I’m sure now you would need them. Some excellent switchbacks and beautiful (stunning!) views.

I did this hike on November 3,2017. The main road on baker is clean and easy to drive however, once you get off the main road and take the trail road it is not clear and there is a lot of snow. Must be confident driving backcountry in snow. I took my Subaru Outback and was okay taking it slow, 1 more foot of snow an I probably wouldn't make it to the trail head. Be prepared to snow shoe. I recommend snowshoes or it's going to be a grueling hike. Beautiful scenery! Must do in the summer as well.

hiking
9 months ago

Stunning!

hiking
9 months ago

Great view all the way. It started to snow and the trail was a bit slippery but generally good. The most jammed trail I’ve ever been.

Beautiful views of Mount Baker and Mount Shuksan and great opportunities to swim in any of the lakes. Started at Anderson Pass Parking lot and hiked the Wild Goose to Artist Point and did the trail clockwise, with a nice descent at the end.

hiking
9 months ago

For the full five stars you need to do another hike up at Baker, whether Table Mountain or another in the area. The terrain is incredible and one of the things that makes it so is the experience that one gets being in this are in the winter when there is 10 to 20 feet of snow that covers everything.

hiking
9 months ago

Great mid September hike. I did this hike clockwise from Artist Point parking lot. Nice gradual hike and the lakes were amazing. The hardest part was going up the snow goose trail back to the Artist Point parking lot. Can't wait to hike this again.

I started from Artist point on a Friday afternoon. It was a nice day and very crowded; there was even a parking lot attendant directing traffic and a ranger tent set up for questions. Artist Point itself was super scenic. Great place for tourists that want to walk around and see great scenery without having to work hard to see it. The chain lakes loop was easy to follow from Artist Point, but I turned around after reaching the last lake. Spent to much time taking pictures and eating wild huckleberries...

hiking
10 months ago

My daughter and I hike here over the weekend. It happened to be cloudy, windy, and rainy that particular day, so we didn't need to worry about the heat. We are dressed for the weather so it didn't bother us. We started at Artist Point and went clockwise around the loop. The first two miles were pretty easy overall and the trail was well marked. The trail is a little poorly marked as you make your way back up over the pass. We wandered off course a little but we reacquired the trail quickly.

My Garmin fenix 5 clocked the trip from Artist Point to Heather Meadows at 5.8 miles and another mile back to Artist Point along the Wild Goose Trail. (The total round trip was about 6.8 miles and a bit.) The last mile and 800 ft of vert was pretty rough after 5.7 miles of hiking in the rain.

I would def do this hike again on a clear day.

Up, up, up. The hike lives up to its name - Excelsior "ever upward". But so worth it at the top. 360 degree views including Mt. Baker.

hiking
10 months ago

Definitely a workout! We parked at the Bagley Lakes Trailhead parking lot and walked the trail counterclockwise. Be sure and take more water than you think you'll need.

hiking
10 months ago

Difficult. Bring plenty of water. Scenic.

This is an amazingly beautiful hike! Started at Heather Meadows and went counterclockwise. The climb up to Herman's saddle is the toughest part of the hike (especially on a hot 80+ day like yesterday 9/2/17) All the lake and mountain views that followed made it worth it. The rest of the hike is more moderate. Rocky, narrow trail with steep drop off in places, and very small snow fields to cross.

backpacking
10 months ago

Really beautiful hike. Enjoyed the burn as well!

hiking
10 months ago

High Pass trail is located at the same trailhead as Winchester Mountain Lookout. Personally I think this trail was way more impressive. It descends down and around Winchester Mountain through beautiful wildflowers. Then you hit switch-backs that take you up towards Mt. Larrabee (visible from Winchester Mountain Lookout). The final stretch of this hike is tough but the 360 degree views at the top are STUNNING!!!

Overall both hikes combined came to about 12 miles so be ready for a long day if you plan on hiking both trails. Afterwards spend some time at Twin Lakes!

Note: the road to this trailhead is not maintained past Yellow Aster Butte trailhead and you will need a high clearance vehicle to get there.

Gorgeous all the way view, relative easy trail for everyone to enjoy. Clock counter wise is recommended for less vertical climbing.

hiking
11 months ago

This is our 4th hike up Excelsior Pass in the past eight weeks ... moving higher as snow disappeared. Yesterday we made it to the Peak. Beautiful and few bugs.

Moderately difficult hike. Snow on the trail even though it was hot. Smoke from BC wildfires made Mt. Baker appear ghostly. Beautiful hike with many wildflowers in bloom.

hiking
11 months ago

Trail is in good condition and no snow even on the last scramble.

All Trails and WTA list both the distance and elevation change different from one another. Be prepared for 11 mile round trip with 4000 feet of elevation change if you want to finish this trail.

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