Spring-Summer Info

All Mt. Baker Ski Area operations and most facilities are closed for the off-season.
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.

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Heather Meadows Cafe


Once the cafe is open, stop by our Heather Meadows Cafe located on the 2nd floor of the Heather Meadows Day Lodge this summer for a delicious lunch or a quick treat. We are teaming up again with local farms and companies to offer you the freshest ingredients possible. Our menu items are great for a take-out picnic for hiking, sight-seeing or driving. You can also eat-in to enjoy a break from the sun and protection from the elements in our Heather Meadows Day Lodge while enjoying views of the meadows and mountains from the main floor picture windows.

Artist Point Road

Current Status: Closed

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.


For information on off-season overnight parking and camping, visit the USFS website or contact the Glacier Ranger Station:


Glacier Ranger Station

www.fs.usda.gov/ For Glacier Ranger Station – info, phone, directions

usfs.maps.arcgis.com For trail and road conditions in the Mt. Baker-Snoqualmie National Forest


Northwest Forest Pass is required for parking in most picnic, trailhead and parking areas in the Mt. Baker-Snoqualmie National Forest.

Purchase Forest Service Permits Online

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