Ptarmigan Ridge, North Cascades Trip Report
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August 3, 2003
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Ptarmigan Ridge Summit Trail
Reviewed By: Sam on Tuesday, July 13, 2004 @ 01:01:26 PM
Review: A perfect hike starting at the 5,000ft level from Artist Point (Paved to top). Typically open to top parking lot between late June-October (or first major snowfall). There are plenty of beginner hikes in the area, with Ptarmigan ridge being the most difficult. It start fairly easy for the first 3-4 miles, but there are some permanent snow fields to navigate which makes this more tricky (no crevasse danger). If you go early (late June) you will encounter major snow issues which are very difficult. However, once the snow level is manageable the hike is the best in the area. With amazing views of Baker Lake, Mt. Susan, Mt. Baker, and as a bonus, Coleman Pinnacle (a 6,500 spire that the trail loops around). There are enough trails to keep you coming back, which summit some minor peaks in the area, and also lead to some amazing lakes that are very rarely seen. If you want a reason to get hooked on hiking, then start here! My book; 6 stars!
*For the most advanced hiker/climber, this trail leads to one of Bakers many glaciers and eventually can end one up in the Steaming Crater, the Dole Fumaroles (Sulfer vents on the north slops of Mt. Baker), and eventually the summit at 10,000+ feet. Beginner or Advanced this trail has it all!
Have fun, and remember the water, food, and safety equipment. It gets hot up on this trail if you get a sunny day (70+ degrees), and you need to be prepared for sudden weather changes.
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