Fire and Ice Trail #684.2

Area Status: Open

This family friendly trail is one of the first in Heather Meadows to become snow free. Located in the valley between Mount Herman and Table Mountain, this 0.5 mile loop trail winds through meadows punctuated with undersized but very old mountain hemlock—the diminutive products of a very short growing season. Interpretive signs tell the story of the landscape shaped by volcanic eruptions and ice-age glaciers.

At a Glance

Open Season: Summer-Fall
Usage: Heavy
Best Season: Late Summer - Fall
Restrictions: Hikers only. No camping. No fires, except self-contained, carry-in stoves. No snowmobiles. Dogs must be leashed within the developed recreation area of Heather Meadows.
Closest Towns: Glacier, Washington
Water: No potable water.
Restroom: Vault toilet at Heather Meadows Visitor Center parking lot.
Passes: A valid Recreation Pass required at Fire and Ice Trailhead.
Operated By: US Forest Service
Information Center: Check current conditions or call Mt. Baker Ranger District office or Glacier Public Service Center

General Information


From Glacier, travel 22.3 miles east on the Mt. Baker Highway SR 542. Turn right at the Austin Pass Picnic Area sign located on the northwest side of the highway near milepost 55, and park at the bottom of the hill near the Heather Meadows Visitor Center. The trail can be found near the bathroom or on the southwest side of the parking lot by the stone wall.


A paved path to a scenic viewpoint makes ¼ mile of this trail universally accessible.

General Notes:

• Green Trails: Mt. Shusksan #14
• USGS: Shuksan Arm
• USFS: Mt. Baker Ranger District and Mt. Baker Wilderness


Approximately 20 parking spaces. Spaces for RVs and buses are located near the Austin Pass Picnic Area.

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Difficulty Level: Easy

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0.5 miile loop.

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  Elevation : 
4,400 feet.