Artist Ridge hike

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Artist Ridge hike

Distance: 1.2mi
Elevation: 151ft
Time: 1-2h

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The Artist Ridge hike boasts a huge payout for relatively little effort. This 1.2mi lollipop hike is an extremely popular summer photo destination. Everyone loves the views of Mount Shuksan, Mount Baker, and beyond.

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Getting there

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.

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When to do

July to October

Backcountry Campsites

No

Toilets

Yes, at Artist Point parking lot

Family friendly

Yes

Route Signage

Average

Crowd Levels

Extreme

Route Type

Lollipop


Artist Ridge
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Route Description for Artist Ridge hike

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 164ft 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 0.1mi, 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 0.5mi. This is an excellent place to snag a photo of Mount Shuksan reflected in the water.

Beyond the 0.5mi 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.

Insider Hints

  • 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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Charlie T 1 month ago

easy walk for some great views. Quite a few people.

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Wyatt Thomas 2 months ago

A short walk, but the views are amazing. Nice afternoon out.

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SandraK88 2 months ago

Artist ridge was nice. But maybe I was there a bit too late as the number of people there... too many. really annoying.

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Tammy Lee 2 months ago

Maybe it was a little bit too crowded even for me. A stunning place.

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Becks Red 3 months ago

Artist ridge is a great combo. Short hike and plenty to see.

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Freddo 3 months ago

I did not come here during the best time. It had quite a few people. Felt a little bit like zoo

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Otis 3 months ago

A great place to take lots of nice pictures with the family

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SJ 3 months ago

Artist Ridge is such a beautiful reward for little effort!

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Gianna 3 months ago

We've visited this place on a sunny weekend day and it was soo crowded. We have struggled to find a parking spot and once we did we were struggling to find a nice spot to take some pictures as it was soo full of families. Artist Ridge is a very beautiful and well-maintained place and you can see all the highest peaks from here

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