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Excelsior Pass Trail is a strenuous 4.5 hike. The south facing Excelsior Pass Trail is one of the first in the area to melt out, making it a good early summer hike. The trail starts by switchbacking steadily up a timbered slope, with evidence of old forest fires visible for the first 2 miles. In 4 miles the trail breaks out above timberline and into heavy brush. At 4.5 miles, the trail reaches the meadows of Excelsior Pass, with its outstanding views of Mt. Baker and the Nooksack Valley.

At Excelsior Pass is the junction with the Damfino Lakes Trail #625 as well as the start of the High Divide Trail #630. The Excelsior Pass Trail enters the Mt. Baker Wilderness. The trail is open to stock use from August 1 to November 1.

Directions: From Glacier, Travel east on Mt. Baker Hwy. 542 for approximately 7 miles. The parking area is located on the right hand side of the highway. The trailhead is on the left just across from the parking area.

Elevation: 1,800 feet

Elevation Gain: 3,500 feet

Distance: 4.5 miles

Usage: Heavy

Difficulty: Strenuous

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Mt. Baker-Snoqualmie National Forest, Washington

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