Ptarmigan Ridge Trail #682.1

This trail is within Mt. Baker Wilderness. Begin hiking at majestic Artist Point toward the glaciated flanks of Mt. Baker. On clear days, mountain views stretch from Mt. Rainier to Canada.

Start by following the Chain Lakes trail west, skirting underneath the lava cliffs of Table Mountain. After one mile, the trail reaches a signed junction. Turn right to go to Chain Lakes. Take the trail on the left to go to Ptarmigan Ridge.

Look for marmots and pikas along the trail. While enjoying the views into the Swift Creek and Wells Creek drainages, you may spot the local mountain goat herd grazing on slopes below the ridge. Three miles from the junction, the trail reaches the base of Coleman Pinnacle. The trail continues another half mile to Camp Kiser. Beyond this point, a primitive boot path, recommended for experienced mountaineers, leads to advanced climbing routes on Mt. Baker.

At a Glance

Open Season: Late Summer-Fall
Usage: Heavy
Best Season: Fall
Restrictions: Wilderness regulations apply including a maximum party size of 12. Trail is hiker only.
  • Between May 15- Nov. 15 camping is not allowed within one mile of the junction with Chain Lakes Trail.
  • 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 Artist Point Parking lot. Pack out human waste using blue bags or another system.
Passes: A valid Recreation Pass required at Artist Point 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, WA travel east to the end of Mt. Baker Highway SR 542. It is approximately 24 miles from the Glacier Public Service Center to the Artist Point parking lot. The trail is accessed from the western side of the parking lot, opposite the bathrooms.

General Notes:

Black bears frequent the area. Food and scented items need to be stored in a secure manner.

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


Over 200 parking spaces, including spaces for RVs and buses.

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Elevation desc Elevation Gain/Loss: +1000 feet
Difficulty Level: More Difficult


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  Area/Length : 
4.5 miles one-way from Artist Point.

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  Elevation : 
5,100 feet at Artist Point.