Today I hiked the Heliotrope Ridge Trail for the 3rd time, finally making it past the last stream to reach the viewpoint to the glacier. The old growth forest is serene; logs cut to clear the trail show hundreds of tightly spaced rings. Waterfalls, wildlife, flowers, and huckleberries line the trail at different points and offer good photos and eating. Eventually the view becomes apparent as you ascend, and on a sunny day like today, the glacier is radiant. We ate near the glacier and were lulled by the run-off under the glacier.
Other reviews I read claim mileage anywhere from 4.5 to 6 miles. I would lean more towards six. The trek to the glacier is mostly uphill and the streams can be very challenging depending on the time of year and the time of day as well as temperature. We were definitely tired at the end of the hike, but it was well worth it!
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