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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
6 months ago

This hike gets only four stars but might have earned a fifth inf there was a view. Yesterday this was an exercise hike as we were just short of the summit due to being cautious and being unaware of the last little scramble. This hike is like a clone of Mt Dickerman where the first few miles are switchbacks in the trees. In both hikes you pop out at about three miles above most of the trees to continue upwards. We did break trail in the snow from the meadow to the top so that took some extra effort so hence the reference to an exercise hike. My dog with short legs slowed down quite a bit in the last quarter mile as she had to hop from boot print to boot print. This hike might be done for the season if you want to reach the true summit.

hiking
6 months ago

From artist point to the summit, you have about a 1 mile hike up. The trail is marked, barely, but it's rugged and fun. breathtaking views of Mount Baker and Mount Shuksan, a lake and the Ski Area.

hiking
6 months ago

This hike needs to be combined with another hike to earn the five stars as its a long drive to Baker for a short hike. Leave about 2.5 hours for this hike and explore the terrain up top. You need to wander and explore. Its a three star hike if you hike up and down.

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
8 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.

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.

hiking
8 months ago

Good climbing trail, a cardio builder. Took us around two hours 15 minutes to high divide. As far as climbing trails go, not too shabby.

Beautiful trail, but all trails has the length wrong - the first two miles are on the road, and then it's about 8 miles walking. The forest road is really rough to get to the trailhead, our car scraped the bottom, needed to cross the stream. At the top possible scramble grade 4-5 to the actual church mountain, I did the west peak. Takes 2.5 hrs up, 2 down from the parking lot.

Narrow trail, long and steep uphill until the meadow (3 miles). Tons of flowers (and bugs) from there to the top. Amazing views all around once in the meadow.

No issues on the road (it is narrow though, very glad I didn't meet any traffic there). Parking lot filled quickly. Only two small patches of snow, very easy to cross though.

hiking
9 months ago

Seriously beautiful views. Turned around at about the halfway point because it was a bit much for kids under 10. Fragrant flowers and snow capped mountains make this picture perfect.

27 May. Some snow closer to the top which we weren't prepared for so we turned around early

Sunday, April 23, 2017

Road is not accessible at this time to the trail head, about a mile and a half from the trail head there are 20-30 trees down. You can park and I walk up to the trail head.

snowshoeing
Sunday, February 12, 2017

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!

hiking
Saturday, December 03, 2016

Beautiful beyond my expectations

hiking
Sunday, September 11, 2016

Hike is strenuous but worth it. I headed up early morning and summit was surrounded by fog, I'm sure the views are awesome when you can see them. I'll definitely do this one again later on in the morning.

Sunday, September 11, 2016

Strenuous but rewarding.

Tuesday, August 09, 2016

Not a bad trail for some great views of Mt. Shuksan & Mount Baker! The Switchbacks are fun!

hiking
Monday, July 25, 2016

Great! The directions accounted for 4 miles. So technically it was about 8.5 miles roundtrip. I did it in 5 1/2hrs with a very long break at the meadows taking pics and enjoying lunch with the ladybugs at the peak. The last bit of the hill is not as bad as I thought it would be. Perfect day to a great hike. Beautiful views in the meadows and 360 view at the top.

Monday, June 20, 2016

kicked my butt but i did and going again

Sunday, March 06, 2016

Incline pretty much all the way up but what a great hike! At least two waterfalls to be seen along this hike.

hiking
Saturday, September 26, 2015

This trail has awesome switchbacks going right up to the ridge line. To see Baker and Shuksan so open is amazing. This trail is so beautiful. The trail and the view are something a person must see before they leave this earth!!!

hiking
Thursday, August 13, 2015

FR3040 is a one lane unpaved mountain access road where you hope not to meet any cars coming the other way; I only encountered a couple of pot holes. Almost any passenger car should be able to make it up the road OK.

The outhouse at the trail head looks (and smells) like it's brand new.

The trail is in excellent condition and easy to follow. Elevation gain is constant. There is only one flat spot shortly after you enter the meadows, but otherwise you're hiking up the side of the mountain at a fairly consistent grade.

If you have a water filter there are two places to get water on the hike. The first water is just before you reach the meadows there is a small creek running through the woods, the second (and best) place to get water is at Deer Horn Creek just after you enter the meadows.

The first part of the hike is a trudge up a bunch of switchbacks through the woods, but then you enter beautiful alpine meadows where the scenery and the views of the surrounding peaks are spectacular.

You know you're almost to the top when you see the ruins of what used to be a lookout tower. The last part of the hike is a short scramble up some rocks to the summit. If you're afraid of heights you might not like that part, but most people should be OK.

The hike is fairly steep and if you're out of shape or hiking on a hot day it can kick your butt. There is no shade in the meadows, so you may wish to bring sunglasses and sunscreen if it's a sunny day.

Monday, June 15, 2015

Stunningly gorgeous. Like right out of a storybook. Definitely a challenging trail.

hiking
Sunday, March 08, 2015

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.

hiking
Tuesday, September 09, 2014

Gorgeous hike. This trail is a less crowded alternative to Winchester Mountain and I really liked how the views open up less than a half mile from the TH and just get better as you go. I made it all the way to "Even Higher Pass" at the base of the jagged Pleiades. A really colorful area in Sept/Oct when the fall colors kick in gear. I hiked High Pass in the morning and then up to Winchester on the way back. High clearance vehicle recommended beyond the Yellow Aster Butte TH although I did see 2 sedans parked at Twin Lakes.

hiking
Saturday, August 09, 2014

This is a great "bang for the buck" hike. Doesn't take too long, but gives you excellent views from the top. We also enjoyed the elaborate rock pile artistry that was present at the top when we were there. If you are up at Artists Point for just a short visit, give this hike your consideration.

hiking
Wednesday, August 06, 2014

By far my most breath-taking summit yet. I loved this hike. There was so much to look at all the way up. There was quite a lot of snow on the back part of the meadow and if there had not been hiker tracks before ours, we wouldn't have been able to know where to go. We got a late start (12:20) and didn't expect to summit due to a ranger at the station saying there was probably too much snow and that we would need snow gear to get past the meadow. We talked to a couple of lady hikers appearing to be in their 50s who were on their way down and had made the summit, so it was game on. (It was July, so we had plenty of daylight.) After getting through the snow - my least favorite part - we summitted right about 5 pm and stayed until about 6 and then headed down and were back to the car by 7:30 ish. The summit took my breath away! Do this hike!

hiking
Friday, August 23, 2013

I hesitate to give a review because the solitude this trail is soothing. This and church mountain are my favorite hikes no doubt. If you make it all the way to the trail pay your respects to the fallen climbers memorial.

hiking
Wednesday, August 14, 2013

Did this one last September, which is the perfect time to do it, if the snow melt has been sufficient! Getting up there is a bit unsettling, so best not to do with dogs or children, but the view from the top is worth every heartbeat skip. A full 360 degree panoramic view of not just Baker, Shuksan and the surrounding peaks, but on a very clear day you can even see Rainier off in the distance!

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