Excelsior Pass Trail
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Excelsior Pass Trail

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Excelsior Pass Trail

Excelsior Pass Trail

Distance: 8.4mi
Elevation: 3,550ft
Time: 5.5-7.5h

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Excelsior Pass Trail is a beautiful hike with 360-degree views from the top. While it’s a bit of a leg-burner, it’s worth the work. This trail can easily be extended a few more steps to include the summit of Excelsior Peak, but the views from the pass will feel quite rewarding on their own. Bring poles and prepare for a lot of switchbacks! Expect moderate-heavy traffic on this hike.

Excelsior Pass Trail Map

Getting there

The trailhead for Excelsior Pass Trail is on Mount Baker Highway.

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Excelsior Pass Trail
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Excelsior Pass Trail Description

The Excelsior Pass Trail is an awesome adventure. While you’ll climb more switchbacks than you’ll care to count, the view from the top will be worth it. You can see far into Canada and all across the surrounding mountains, including Bearpaw Mountain, Church Mountain, Skyline, and more.

Poles and good boots are recommended. If you can, plan this hike in the early summer when the meadows are in full bloom. It’s quite a sight to see!

From the trailhead near the road, you’ll start a long, long course of switchbacks through the forest. Muscle through this section. When you enter the meadows, take a moment to marvel at the view. It’s impossibly scenic! The pass is where all the trails in the area meet. If you want to add on a quick trip to the peak, hike east a few more steps. When you’re ready, return on the same trail.



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