Artist Point

Mt Baker National Forest

Glacier, Washington

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

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Mt. Baker (V04A0225)
An active volcano, some days steam can be observed coming from the summit of Mt. Baker.

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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.

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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.

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