The last 24 miles (39 km) is designated as a national forest scenic byway. The main focal point of this vast 117,900 acre wilderness is mt.
The authors of hiking washington's geology, scott babcock and bob carson, write:
Artist point hikes mt baker. A map of the highway from milepost 25 to its end at artist point is provided below. Shuksan and the north cascade range. The road to artist point, 2.7 miles long (milepost 54.55 to 57.26) and more than 5,000 feet above sea level, is typically buried under snow and closed october.
Majestic glaciers, alpine meadows, cool blue tarns, and a plethora of rugged peaks await hikers in the mt. Artist point snowshoe trail, the quick breakdown The road to artist point, 2.7 miles long (milepost 54.55 to 57.26) and more than 5,000 feet above sea level, is typically buried under snow and closed october.
The 6 best hikes on the mt. Baker highway in northwest washington state have got to be some of the most spectacular in the continental us. Mount baker highway to artist point is a 114.3 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near bellingham, washington that features a river and is rated as moderate.
Baker ski area, where the trail begins, is known for having some of the deepest snow anywhere in north america. Forest roads lead off both sides of the highway. Artist point is also a geologist's dream.
A classic trip, with outstanding views and typically quite deep snow. Baker ski area at heather meadows, artist point can easily be reached. The trailhead to artist point is at the last parking area on the mt.
The artist ridge hike boasts a huge payout for relatively little effort. In summer, after the road is plowed past the mount baker ski area, parking is available at the top. Baker national forest merged in 1973.
Everyone loves the views of mount shuksan, mount baker, and beyond. The panoramic view of mt. The hike from bagley lake, going on to the chain lakes and artist point, is probably the most stunning hike i've ever taken.
Here are some more incredible hikes in the mt. The water is this gorgeous, gorgeous, lake tahoe blue. Hiking trails, including the short artist ridge trail, allow you to savor the views in all directions.
Baker highway winds along the north fork of the nooksack river, ending at artist point at 5,100 feet (1536m), above heather meadows. Besides artist point and all that area has to offer, the mt. Expect the road to be a little busy in summer and the artist point parking lot to be a lot more crowded.
Driving to artist point i have fond memories of hiking up in the artist point area with my parents when i was younger, but haven’t been there in years. In summer you can typically drive, ride or bike all the way to artist point and the myriad of alpine trials. Great meadow views on the wild goose trail which goes from heather meadows parking lot to artist point parking lot.
At more than 5,000 feet above sea level, this area is typically buried under snow and closed october through june (wsdot). Mount baker has amazing hiking in summer, especially from artist's point. Baker highway to artist point in the mt.
Hiking in mount baker is a dream come true for all adventurers, with mountainside trails clad in lush forest and delicate wildflowers, glittering lakes that reflect the high peaks in their peaceful waters, and epic. Outdoor recreation information center 222 yale ave n. From bellingham follow the mount baker highway (sr 542) to the very end (55 miles).
Baker is an active stratovolcano and the tallest peak in the north cascade range. Arrived at 9am on a sunday and parking lot was half full. A moderate snowshoe and hiking destination at mount baker, with panoramic views and easy road access.
We continued to huntoon point from artist point through the artist ridge trail and it made this whole hike so much better. A short hike takes you to grand views of mount baker itself, the volcanic peak to the southwest of artist point. In winter, it's a 5 mile snowshoe to the top with approximately 1,100 feet of gain.
Austin pass via mount baker highway. Huntoon point via wild goose trail and mount baker highway. Standing in the parking lot at artist point, you can see as much.
Baker highway, a spectacularly scenic national byway that’s plowed all winter to the mt. Known to the indigenous lummi people as koma kulshan (meaning “great white watcher”), mt. Shuksan, coleman pinnacle, the ptarmigan ridge is even more beautiful under deep layers of snow than it is in the summer.
This 1.9 km lollipop hike is an extremely popular summer photo destination. In summer hike from artist point to. Hikes in this region are dominated by two iconic peaks, mount baker and mount shuksan, both surrounded by pristine trails.
Length 114.3 mielevation gain 7919 ftroute type out & back. At the road’s end, trail systems lead into the mt. And that says something for a place called artist point.
The mt baker highway, which follows the north fork nooksack river valley in eastern whatcom county, provides access to some of the most scenic areas in all the united states. In winter these roads are transformed into serene nordic ski and snowshoe trails. You don't even have to leave the parking lot to take in the breathtaking sight of mt.
During winter months motor traffic ends at the mt. Baker highway and hiking trails. The large parking area is on the right at the end of the road.
Must do if you are visiting washington state in summer! Most years the point isn’t open until august, and even then snowfields will cover trails, year round or at least into the fall months.