One of the easy volcano routes of the Northwest.
Great scenery and fun glacier walking.
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Start at the Coleman/Heliotrope Ridge trailhead at 3,700 feet. Hike along the trail until you reach an intersection at about 5,400 feet. Turn right and climb up steep meadows and moraines until you reach the main high camp at 6,000 feet. You can continue up the western lobe of the Coleman glacier and camp at Heliotrope Ridge as well, about 7,000 feet. 5-7 hours from the road. Climb the Coleman Glacier until you reach the ridge separating the Coleman glacier and the Deming glacier. Hike the ridge until you can get on the steep snow slopes leading toward the summit.
Descend the same route.
Bring snow pickets and crevasse rescue gear.
Climbing the lower Coleman Glacier to high camp.
Just above camp on the Deming Glacier
Nearing the summit on the upper Deming Glacier.
Coming down from the summit...
High camp at about 7,000 feet.
Final approach. Black Buttes below.
Descending from camp spots below the Coleman Glaci...
By Lou Hibbard
From: Eagan, MN
Jul 20, 2015
When hiking the approach trail if you find yourself doing a stream crossing that feels very sketchy with a pack on you have missed the climbers trail by about a 1/4 mile. The sign marking the climbers trail is about 4 feet up (on a tree I believe) and on the left side of the trail.
Doing the tough stream crossing still works - there is a another trail that branches off right and leads up to the tent camps but the stream crossing is a pain.