Picture Lake

Mt Baker National Forest

Glacier, Washington

Just past Firs Lodge, 21 miles E of Glacier on Mt Baker Hwy

Just past Firs Lodge, Mt. Baker Highway splits as it wraps around Picture Lake. If you're heading towards Artist Point, shortly after the split you'll find a parking area along the left. It's definitely worth a quick stop.

There's a short path that follows the lakeshore and a couple information signs and viewing platforms. The view most people stop here for is of Mt. Shuksan across a calm, reflective lake. The view is best in the afternoon, with the sun coming from the west. Alas, I've had lake-rippling breezes those afternoons when I've stopped here.

Views are even more colorful in the early fall when the leaves have started changing.

This is believed to be one of the most photographed mountain scenes in North America. The view is a common one on Washington State calendars.


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Mt. Shuksan at Picture Lake (C14A0073)
Reminiscent of Reflection Lakes at Mt. Rainier, on a calm day Picture Lake features a beautiful reflection of Mt. Shuksan, making this a popular photo stop for people heading up to Artist Point. This is a morning shot with the sun off to the east. Afternoon sun will bring out the color of the mountain, but on my visits to Mt. Baker the afternoon has been breezier, creating ripples in the lake.


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Picture Lake Trail (V04A0217)
A half-mile accessible trail follows the shore of Picture Lake, and includes stops for photo opportunities.

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