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High Divide Trail #630

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 3.7 (3)

A nice steady uphill climb leads to rewarding views at the top of Excelsior Pass.


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Map Key

10.8

Miles

17.3

KM

Point to Point

5,802' 1,769 m

High

1,939' 591 m

Low

4,529' 1,381 m

Up

3,632' 1,107 m

Down

14%

Avg Grade (8°)

85%

Max Grade (40°)

Dogs Unknown

Features Birding · Commonly Backpacked · Views · Wildflowers · Wildlife

Watch for snow in late spring/early summer. A NW Forest Service Pass is required for parking.

Description

This trail starts off slow, then starts uphill on somewhat long/winding switchbacks. Overall, the trail is in great condition, offering a nice glimpse of a waterfall adjacent to the sole campsite at 1 mile.

From here, continue uphill to navigate a few steps/logs that are in place to help you with the steeper parts. You're pretty much in the trees/shade most of the way up.

Around 2.5 miles in, enjoy a few brief glimpses of sky before diving back into the trees. At about 4 miles, you'll break into a nice meadow.

While the trail continues along the meadow (a good place for flowers in the summer), take a moment to turn around for a nice view of Mount Baker.

Continue across the meadow and up a bit more to get to the intersection with the Damfino Lakes Trail #625. It's fairly open at the top, but you can continue up to the peak for a nice 360 view and a great place for a break. It can get pretty chilly/windy on the top, so bring a wind or rain layer to stay comfortable.

Flora & Fauna

There are quite a few flowers in the meadow, and several chipmunks/squirrels and birds up at the peak.

Contacts

Shared By:

Anne Pelton with improvements by Karl W

Trail Ratings

  3.7 from 3 votes

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  3.7 from 3 votes
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Photos

Got to a nice meadow with lots of flowers, then turned around to see this view
Aug 20, 2017 near Peacefu…, WA
Looking north from Welcome Pass, suns going down quick.
Oct 8, 2017 near Peacefu…, WA
Some avalanche lilies and late snow in early July
Jul 12, 2020 near Peacefu…, WA

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Dec 2, 2020
Adamson Bryant
with Dad, to Excelsior Peak 9.3mi
Jul 4, 2020
Karl W
Jul 3, 2020
Ankur Jain
Climbed to 2800ft, about 3.5 miles and then encountered snow. Trail was covered. Descended. Will try again later in summer. muddy trail. Nice though!
Jun 30, 2018
Tyler Cline
Made it ~4 miles up then the snow got to be too much and the trail wasn’t clear. 8mi