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I don't know about everyone else but I'm a bit reluctant to except the changing of the seasons. And what an amazing Summer season its been. Our group (SWAG) started a little over a month ago and we already have over 100 members! I've truly enjoyed watching our group grow and want to continue seeing just what we can achieve. So I'm putting on a little thank you hike for everyone. I chose one of the most inspiring local places I can think of... Heliotrope Ridge!!! Here I feel like we can talk about future plans for the group over lunch next to the Glacier and maybe recruit a few more organizers to help keep this legendary group going. Heliotrope Ridge is well established, relatively short (5.5 mile) round trip trail. With a 1,400 ft elevation gain. Fairly simple for most people right!? However...there are a few creek crossings so your feet will get wet. That's why this trail is rated as intermediate. The WTA and our local Park Rangers keep these creek crossings well maintained. They are usually only ankle deep but vary cold. Its literally glacial melt water so who would have thought. lol Anyway I find these little obstacles may add a little comedy to our experience. I recommend you bring a extra pair of crossing shoes or socks or just go barefoot like the true men and women of the mountains!!! ;) Once we reach the trails end we will be at the Glacier head. This will give everyone an up close view of a true Natural wonder not commonly seen in the lower 48. For some people this is a once in a lifetime experience. This is also a great place to have lunch and get to know one another before we head back down to the cars. Altogether I don't see this hike taking more than 5 hours. Dogs are always welcome but must be kept on leash. This is also a family friendly hike. I've seen plenty of kids on this trail but just keep in mind the creek crossings. Below are a few links with additional trail information and trip reports. https://www.wta.org/go-hiking/hikes/heliotrope-ridge https://www.alltrails.com/explore/trail/us/washington/heliotrope-ridge-trail--6 https://www.fs.usda.gov/recarea/mbs/recarea/?recid=80215 For anyone driving a NW forest pass is required. As always carpooling is a great option when you don't know what the parking situation will be like. Disclaimer: I am not a professional guide. Our leaders function, as facilitators only, to enhance your outdoor experience. Reports of trail and weather conditions are based on best available information, are subject to change, and are no guarantee of fitness for any particular purpose or appropriate for a certain fitness level. You may join us on this hike at your own risk. Keep in mind that hiking involves risks and weather changes quickly in the mountains. You are responsible for your own safety and the more prepared you are, the better the chance you will remain safe.