Summary: The trail winds a little less than a mile through forest to Damfino Lakes. They are small but surrounded by thick blueberry bushes. Wind gently uphill again about a mile until you reach open meadows. The scenery is particularly beautiful in the fall when blueberry bushes turn the slopes a firey red and colorful in summer with masses of wildflowers. Continue up the well maintained trail until you reach the junction to High Divide or Excelsior Trail. Keep to the first left up Excelsior Mountain for 360 degree views which include Mt. Shuksan and Mt. Baker to the south and the Canadian Cascades to the north. If you do a car shuttle, you can continue on the Excelsior Pass Trail 4.2 miles back to Hwy 542.
Trailhead: From Bellingham, go east on Hwy 542/Mt. Baker Highway 31 miles to the town of Glacier.Go another 2 miles past the Glacier Public Service Center and turn left on Canyon Creek Road/Forest Service Road 31. Drive 15.6 miles to the trailhead. There are 3 trailheads, take the trail to Damfino Lakes. (Lat:48.95891 Lon:-121.80685)
Trail Guides for Damfino Lakes Trail:
Pacific Northwest Hiking
by Ron C. Judd & Dan A. Nelson (Foghorn Press)
Best Seasons: Fall, Spring, Summer,
User Groups: Hikers, Dogs, Horses,
Ranger Contact: Glacier Public Service Center, Glacier, WA (360) 599-2714
Localhikes Reporter: This hike was submitted by Robbie Hochreiter, who has posted 24 other hikes on this site. To visit this reporters web site, click here.
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Reviewed by bodavian on 9/18/2010
Very nice, short hike. My friends and I camped up past the trail for a night. Check out some pictures here: http://bodavian.blogspot.com/2010/08/northwest-washington-hikes-damfino.html
Reviewed by RBA on 8/25/2010
8/24/2010 - Fantastic views of The World! .... well, not quite .... but it was a clear day, we climbed the knoll to the East of the pass ... some chose the slightly lower knoll to the West .... for unsurpassed 360 deg views. We did a day hike, but there were lots of little pleasant camping opportunities along the trail for over-nighters that close to the knoll summit that would give great sunrise or sunset opportunities. The campfire pit at the top of the knoll seemed pagan :-).
Reviewed by Sharon on 8/29/2008
This is an excellent day hike! Not too hard, not too easy and very rewarding views along the ridge. (see our photos at: http://mom.floft.net/index.php?id=89) We wandered along the ridge for a couple miles, enraptured with the endless views of surrounding ridges, valleys, and snow-capped peaks. The flowers were at their peak and we look forward to returning in the fall for a totally different experience when the foliage turns red and gold.
Reviewed by stanya on 9/30/2005
Old Faithful. The ridge at the end is great for taking pictures.
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