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Artist Point Info

All Mt. Baker Ski Area operations and facilities are closed for the summer. However, the Mt. Baker-Snoqualmie National Forest surrounding the ski area is considered to be one of the most beautiful alpine areas in North America. Many visitors to the area come to Artist Point, which is at the very end of the Mt. Baker Highway and features stunning views of Mount Baker and Mount Shuksan, as well as access to a variety of trails. The Highway is maintained by the Washington State Department of Transportation; please read below for information. Click "Road Status" link for WSDOT website with the latest updates.

About Artist Point Road

Artist Point is located at the very end of Mount Baker Highway, State Route 542 and boasts 360-degree views of Mount Shuksan and Mount Baker, as well as access to a variety of trails. 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 through June. Artist Point typically opens in July and remains open until the first substantial snowfall of the year, which usually comes in late September or early October.

Artist Point Road currently OPEN

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Artist Ridge Trail #669

Open Season: Summer
Usage: Heavy
Best Season: Summer / Fall
Busiest Season: Late Summer/Fall
Restrictions: Hikers only. No camping in Heather Meadows May 15- Nov. 15. No fires, except self-contained, carry-in stoves. No snowmobiles. Dogs must be leashed within the developed recreation area of Heather Meadows.
Accessibility A paved path to a scenic viewpoint makes the beginning of this trail universally accessible.
Closest Towns: Glacier, Washington
Water: No potable water
Restroom: Vault Toilet in Artist Point Parking Lot
Passes: A valid Recreation Pass required at Artist Point Trailhead and Heather Meadows.
Operated By: Mt. Baker Ranger District
Information Center: Check current conditions or call Mt. Baker Ranger District office at 360-856-5700 or Glacier Public Service Center at 360-599-2714.