The Artist Ridge hike boasts a huge payout for relatively little effort. This 1.9km lollipop hike is an extremely popular summer photo destination. Everyone loves the views of Mount Shuksan, Mount Baker, and beyond.
From Glacier, drive east on Mount Baker Highway to the end of the road at Artist Point parking area. A Northwest Forest Pass is required here.
|When to do|
July to October
Yes, at Artist Point parking lot
Arrive early in the morning or late in the afternoon for the best chance at solitude, as this trail is extremely popular midday.
Begin walking south on the paved path at the southeast corner of Artist Point parking lot. The trailhead is signed here, with Mount Shuksan visible beyond. The first 50m of the trail are paved, making it easily accessible to all. However, snow can linger late into summer so, you may find yourself traversing a mini-snowfield in August.
Where the pavement ends, at 0.2km, an overlook area and bench await. From here the trail begins to climb over rock-steps towards Huntoon Point. Follow the path upwards, reaching a large reflective snow-melt tarn at 0.8km. This is an excellent place to snag a photo of Mount Shuksan reflected in the water.
Beyond the 0.8km point, several social trails sprawl out over Huntoon Point. Because the alpine meadows are fragile here, please stay on the gravel trail. Make a short loop before returning the way you came – watching for Mount Baker views to your left on the way back to Artist Point.
Alpenglow on Mount Shuksan makes Artist Ridge a stunning sunset spot.
Combine Artist Ridge with nearby trails like Table Mountain and Picture Lake to make the most of your trip.
Families may want to bring sleds and snow gear for the kids.
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