ElevationAscent: 1,636' 499 m
Descent: -1,635' -498 m
High: 5,236' 1,596 m
Low: 3,674' 1,120 m
GradeAvg Grade: 11% (7°)
Max Grade: 38% (21°)
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“A forested trail with multiple stream crossings to spectacular views of Mt. Baker's Coleman Glacier.”— Anne Travels
Do not try to access the glacier without proper gear and experience; merely descending to the glacier can be life-threatening without proper equipment and knowledge.
After another 0.3 miles, the trail splits, with the right trail heading toward the Climber's Camp and the trail to the Glacier going left. Turn left, enjoying the views that begin to appear of Mt. Baker and Coleman Glacier as the trees begin to thin. Only a tenth of a mile beyond the trail junction, cross the western arm of Heliotrope Creek; cross the eastern arm of the creek 0.3 miles later. Both of these streams are smaller than the previous two major stream crossings, but both offer challenges to those wishing to keep their feet dry, as both are fast-moving, are at least knee-deep, and are without many stepping stones.
Around the arms of Heliotrope Creek, social trails diverge in all directions. Try to stay on the main trail and continue east toward the rib of gravel / trees. Follow a trail about 0.1 miles up to the top of the rib to view the Coleman Glacier and up toward the cone of Mt. Baker.
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Land Manager: USFS - Mt. Baker-Snoqualmie National Forest Office
Feb 13, 2020: Forest Service Waives Fees in Honor of Presidentsâ€™ Day