July 30, 2013: Mount Shuksan viewed from Artist Point in summer
Artist Point in Heather Meadows of Mt. Baker-Snoqualmie National Forest is located at the very end of Mount Baker Highway 524, about 3 miles further up from the Picture Lake
. Mount Baker Highway is a dead-end road that climbs to 5,140 feet in elevation at a ridge between 10,778-foot Mount Baker and 9,131-foot Mount Shuksan. The highway terminates at Artist Point—an area of rugged beauty providing 360-degree views of Mount Shuksan, Mount Baker, and flat-topped Table Mountain, as well as access to a variety of trails, such as Artist Ridge Trail.
To park at Heather Meadows, Artist Point, and other area trail heads, you’ll need a Northwest Forest Pass. These permits cost $5 per day ($30 for an annual pass) and are purchased at ranger stations and national forest visitor centers such as the nearby Glacier Public Service Center and Heather Meadows Visitor Center.
July 30, 2013: Mount Baker viewed from Artist Point in summer
Review: Artist Ridge Trail to Artist Point
The hiking distance from parking lot to Artist Point is very short, roughly 1 mile round trip. The beginning section is paved, and the trail gains elevation very gradually. There are many beautiful meadow flowers and lakes along the trail, with expansive view of mountain ranges from Mt. Baker thru Table Mountain to Mt. Shuksan. There are numerous camera opportunities. If you hike during the day, put on sunscreen and sunglasses; there are only a few tall trees around. Use mosquito repellent; the mosquito number can vary throughout the day but definitely less in Artist Point than Picture Lake.
July 30, 2013: Artist Ridge Trail info sign.
July 30, 2013: The first blue ice lake along Artist Ridge Trail to Artist Point.
July 30, 2013: There are numerous meadows of wild flowers and small lakes along the entire trail, offering many picture-perfect photography opportunities. It can be a good location for wedding photography, engagement photos, portrait shots, and family group pictures.
July 30, 2013: Playing Chinese flute with Mt. Baker in the background.
July 30, 2013: There are still snow in late July, so make sure to put on sunscreen and sunglasses for protection.
July 30, 2013: Another lake on the way to Artist Point.
July 30, 2013: Very tranquil. Great spot for yoga and meditation, except the sun can be very bright around noon.
July 30, 2013: Artist Ridge Trail gives hikers a closer view of Mt. Shuksan and its glaciers. Road access to this trail is only open during snow-free months, usually late July to late September. So, don't miss it when it's open. It will be worthwhile.
July 30, 2013: This is the third lake on Artist Ridge Trail. The Artist Point is the highest spot of the trail and right next to this third lake.
July 30, 2013: Magnificent scenery with the majestic Mt. Shuksan.
July 30, 2013: Some scenery on the way to Artist Point.
July 30, 2013: Flat-topped Table Mountain. Artist Ridge Trailhead is at the foot hill of Table Mountain.
July 30, 2013: Close-up view of Table Mountain.
July 30, 2013: After arriving at Artist Point, you'll see this view of Mt. Baker.
July 30, 2013: At Artist Point, you'll also see this view of Mount Shuksan.
July 30, 2013: Upside down picture of Mt. Shuksan.
July 30, 2013: Playing Chinese flute at Artist Point.
July 30, 2013: Breath-taking scenery of Mt. Shuksan.
July 30, 2013: Have to come back for more. :D