Type: Snow, Alpine, 7080 ft, Grade II
FA: Edmund Coleman and party, 1868
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Shared By: Danny Darby on Feb 16, 2007
Admins: Scott Coldiron, Jon Nelson, Micah Klesick

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One of the easy volcano routes of the Northwest.
Great scenery and fun glacier walking.
Check out this trip report


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.


Lou Hibbard
Eagan, MN
Lou Hibbard   Eagan, MN
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. Jul 20, 2015
Chris C.
Seattle, WA
  Mod. Snow
Chris C.   Seattle, WA
  Mod. Snow
Much more fun if done as a car to car climb instead of the typical 2 day climb. If you can move with a reasonable pace, 2-3am is a good start time from the parking lot. Jul 31, 2016
Kyle Bodamer
Bellingham WA
Kyle Bodamer   Bellingham WA
I did this in a car to car style and found this to be alot more enjoyable than camping. Left the trailhead around 2am and summited by 830am. Route is super easy to follow due to how much traffic this route receives Oct 7, 2018