Picture Lake is one of the many lakes in Heather Meadows of Mt. Baker-Snoqualmie National Forest. Located at the end of Mount Baker Highway 542, this picturesque lake is famous for various colorful wild flowers and its calm reflection of Mount Shuksan. It’s definitely a lake for pictures! In late summer, Mount Baker Highway 542 continues a few miles higher to Artist Point to allow visitors for a closer view of the peaks and glaciers of Mount Shuksan.
Travel tip: there are a lot of mosquitoes in Heather Meadows. Make sure to bring insect repellent, or wear pants and long sleeved shirts. The nearest village is Glacier. The nearest gas station is in village Maple Falls.
Powerful fingers of ice are carving Mt. Shuksan’s ancient rocks into a massive sculpture. The present 300-foot (91-meter) thick glaciers are small remnants of massive ice sheets that periodically covered much of North America over the last two million years. During ice advances, the glaciers covering Mt. Shuksan spread and thickened. The ice enveloped the bulk of the mountain and flowed down into the mile-deep sea of ice that covered the lowlands. During interglacials, like the present 10,000 year old warm spell, the glaciers melted back, shaping the peak into the dramatic figure we see today. Summit elevation 9,131 feet.