Artist Point | Mount Baker

Mount Shuksan Glacier Viewed from Artist Point Hiking Trail in Summer - Mt. Baker-Snoqualmie National Forest - Heather Meadows, Whatcom County, Washington, USA | FollowPanda.COM

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.

Mount Baker Viewed from Artist Point Hiking Trail in Summer - Mt. Baker-Snoqualmie National Forest - Heather Meadows, Whatcom County, Washington, USA | FollowPanda.COM

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.

Artist Ridge Trail Info Sign - Mt. Baker-Snoqualmie National Forest - Heather Meadows, Whatcom County, Washington, United States | FollowPanda.COM

July 30, 2013: Artist Ridge Trail info sign.

Mount Shuksan Glacier Viewed from Artist Point Hiking Trail in Summer - Mt. Baker-Snoqualmie National Forest - Heather Meadows, Whatcom County, Washington, USA | FollowPanda.COM

July 30, 2013: The first blue ice lake along Artist Ridge Trail to Artist Point.

Artist Ridge Trail to Artist Point in Summer - Mt. Baker-Snoqualmie National Forest - Heather Meadows, Whatcom County, Washington, United States | FollowPanda.COM

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.

Playing Chinese Flute on Artist Point Hiking Trail with Mt. Baker in Summer - Mt. Baker-Snoqualmie National Forest - Heather Meadows, Whatcom County, Washington, USA | FollowPanda.COM

July 30, 2013: Playing Chinese flute with Mt. Baker in the background.



Artist Ridge Trail in Summer - Mt. Baker-Snoqualmie National Forest - Artist Point, Whatcom County, Washington, United States | FollowPanda.COM

July 30, 2013: There are still snow in late July, so make sure to put on sunscreen and sunglasses for protection.

Lake Reflection of Mt. Shuksan on Artist Ridge Hiking Trail in Summer - Mt. Baker-Snoqualmie National Forest - Artist Point, Whatcom County, Washington, USA | FollowPanda.COM

July 30, 2013: Another lake on the way to Artist Point.

Playing Chinese Flute on Artist Ridge Trail in Summer - Mt. Baker-Snoqualmie National Forest - Artist Point, Whatcom County, Washington, United States | FollowPanda.COM

July 30, 2013: Very tranquil. Great spot for yoga and meditation, except the sun can be very bright around noon.

Close-up Views of Mt. Shuksan Glaciers on Artist Ridge Hiking Trail in Summer - Mt. Baker-Snoqualmie National Forest - Artist Point, Whatcom County, Washington, USA | FollowPanda.COM

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.

Water Reflection of Mt. Shuksan Glaciers on Artist Ridge Trail in Summer - Mt. Baker-Snoqualmie National Forest - Artist Point, Whatcom County, Washington, USA | FollowPanda.COM

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.

Playing Chinese Flute on Artist Ridge Trail in Summer - Mt. Baker-Snoqualmie National Forest - Artist Point, Whatcom County, Washington, United States | FollowPanda.COM

July 30, 2013: Magnificent scenery with the majestic Mt. Shuksan.

Artist Ridge Hiking Trail in Summer - Mt. Baker-Snoqualmie National Forest - Artist Point, Whatcom County, Washington, USA | FollowPanda.COM

July 30, 2013: Some scenery on the way to Artist Point.

Table Mountain in Summer - Mt. Baker-Snoqualmie National Forest - Artist Point, Whatcom County, Washington, United States | FollowPanda.COM

July 30, 2013: Flat-topped Table Mountain. Artist Ridge Trailhead is at the foot hill of Table Mountain.

Close-up View of Table Mountain - Mt. Baker-Snoqualmie National Forest - Artist Point, Whatcom County, Washington, USA | FollowPanda.COM

July 30, 2013: Close-up view of Table Mountain.

Mount Baker Viewed from Artist Point in Summer - Mt. Baker-Snoqualmie National Forest - Heather Meadows, Whatcom County, Washington, United States | FollowPanda.COM

July 30, 2013: After arriving at Artist Point, you'll see this view of Mt. Baker.

Mount Shuksan Viewed from Artist Point in Summer - Mt. Baker-Snoqualmie National Forest - Heather Meadows, Whatcom County, Washington, USA | FollowPanda.COM

July 30, 2013: At Artist Point, you'll also see this view of Mount Shuksan.

Creative Photography Ideas: Forced Perspective Photography with Water Reflection of Mount Shuksan - Mt. Baker-Snoqualmie National Forest - Heather Meadows, Whatcom County, Washington, United States | FollowPanda.COM

July 30, 2013: Upside down picture of Mt. Shuksan.

Playing Chinese Flute at Artist Point in Summer - Mt. Baker-Snoqualmie National Forest - Heather Meadows, Whatcom County, Washington, USA | FollowPanda.COM

July 30, 2013: Playing Chinese flute at Artist Point.

Water Reflection of Mount Shuksan along Artist Ridge Trail - Mt. Baker-Snoqualmie National Forest - Artist Point, Whatcom County, Washington, United States | FollowPanda.COM

July 30, 2013: Breath-taking scenery of Mt. Shuksan.

Conquering Mount Shuksan - Mt. Baker-Snoqualmie National Forest - Heather Meadows, Whatcom County, Washington, USA | FollowPanda.COM

July 30, 2013: Have to come back for more. :D

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