The road to Artist Point is now OPEN for the 2023 summer season!
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.
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.
Heather Meadows Cafe & Mountain Shop
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. Our menu items are great for a take-out picnic for hiking or sight-seeing, or you can eat-in while enjoying views of the meadows and mountains in our Heather Meadows Day Lodge. While at the Cafe you can also discover locally crafted designs on a wide assortment of merchandise, from sun hats to tank tops and sweatshirts in our Summer Mountain Shop. You can also find summer essentials like sun screen, sunglasses, canteens and Mt. Baker souvenirs. Open during Cafe hours.
HIKING & SIGHTSEEING
|Busiest Season||Late Summer/Fall|
|Restrictions||Wilderness Regulations apply within Mt. Baker Wilderness.|
|Closest Town||Glacier, WA|
|Water||No potable water|
|Restrooms||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. |
Heather Meadows Visitor Center