Mt Baker National Forest
East end of Mt Baker Hwy, Hwy 542
For most day visitors to Mt. Baker National Forest, Artist Point is their destination. Located at the end of Mt. Baker Highway and at the highest elevation along that highway, Artist Point is known for its outstanding views of Mt. Baker, Mt. Shuksan, Table Mountain and the surrounding landscape of canyons, mountain meadows, summer snow and late-season wildflowers, all visible from the parking area.
More ambitious visitors will hit one of the handful of hiking trails whose trailheads are at the parking area. Most popular among these are the Artist Ridge Trail and the Table Mountain Trail. More ambitious hikers will head deeper into the backcountry via Chain Lakes Trail and Ptarmigan Ridge Trail.
But if you're not a hiker, Artist Point is still worth a visit. The great views begin in the parking lot. Which you may be driving around for a while looking for a spot mid-day on a beautiful day
Mt. Baker (V04A0225)
An active volcano, some days steam can be observed coming from the summit of Mt. Baker.
Mt. Shuksan (V04A0220)
Although Mt. Shuksan may appear to be bigger than Mt. Baker, that's because it is much closer to Artist Point than Mt. Baker is. Mt. Baker is actually about 1600 feet taller.
Table Mountain (C14A0114)
A 3-mile round-trip trail leads from the Artist Point parking area to the top of Table Mountain, which offers great views of Mt. Baker and Mt. Shuksan. The trail climbs 560 feet en route to the summit of Table Mountain.
You may also like these Mt. Baker National Forest sights:
- Artist Ridge Trail, Mt Baker National Forest, Washington
- Heather Meadows Fire And Ice Interpretive Trail, Mt Baker National Forest, Washington
- Heliotrope Ridge Trail, Mt Baker National Forest, Washington
While you're in the area, check out these sights:
- Around Town, Bellingham, Washington
- Chuckanut Drive And Larrabee State Park, Bellingham, Washington
- Dutch-Themed Town, Lynden, Washington