The Heliotrope Ridge trail is a roughly 6 mile roundtrip trail that features a trek through an old growth forest, several creek crossings, and an up close and personal look at the Coleman Glacier. The end of the trail is somewhat of a choose-your-own-adventure. You can turn around at your first view of the glacier or you can continue uphill to get even closer to the glacier. If you’re inclined and equipped, there are also several places to set up camp and go to sleep to the crunching and creaking sound of the moving glacier. Or you can do what we did and hike down, drive up a Forest Service Road, and find an established campsite at which to setup for the evening.
Photography by Ben Matthews