Damfino Lakes to Excelsior Pass
Damfino Lakes to Excelsior Pass: Prime wildlife habitat opens to big vista ridge rambling
Prime Wildlife Habitat Opens to Big Vista Rambling
Length: 5 miles roundtrip
Rating: Easy to moderate
Best time of year: July to October
Elevation gain: 1200 feet
This hike provides you with exceptional meadows and views of Mt. Baker, the North Cascades and peaks of the B.C. Coast Range. Also, it gives you a glance at grizzly bear habitat in Washington State. Once you Reach Excelsior Pass you can wander in any direction for miles. The confluence of 5 trails occurs here, so the opportunity for multi-day excursions is plentiful.
Once on the trail, you will shortly meet the Boundary Way/Canyon Ridge Trail, stay right. The trail is easy to follow after this and takes you by a series of lakes until gently rising into meadows for two miles. After this lovely, gradual walk in the meadows you reach the 5,300-foot pass. At this point you and your party can enjoy lunch or explore the area further by making the 0.2 mile climb to the old Excelsior Lookout. Mt. Baker, Chowder Ridge, and the heavily crevassed Roosevelt Glacier can be seen to the south and Mt. Shuksan can be seen to the southeast. This hike is great for families or novice hikers.
From the Mt. Baker Highway, turn left on Canyon Creek Road #31 at mile-post 35.6. Continue for 15 miles, always staying on the main road. The trailhead and parking will be on the right after the road takes two switchbacks.
For More Info See:
Maps: USGS Bearpaw Mountain, Green Trails: Mt. Baker #13
Books: Hiking Whatcom County