Artist Ridge Hike near Mt Baker, Washington
Artist Ridge Hike near Mt Baker, Washington

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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About

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

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.

Would you like to see more hikes in Mount Baker? Check out the Yellow Aster Butte, Chain Lakes Loop, Skyline Divide Trail or Heliotrope Ridge.

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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maxjohanson 9 months ago

Being in the hike gives me a feeling of peaceful well being.

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T Rob 9 months ago

Beautiful place to spend a day and definitely we enjoyed this hike

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Sally S. Norbert 9 months ago

Artist Point was beautiful with a crystal blue sky.

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Lambert O 10 months ago

Lovely views of Shuksan. Such a nice day in the mountains!

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Aleysha C. 10 months ago

There is never a dull view on this hike! Great trail!

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masonH. 11 months ago

Mount Shuksan is pretty awesome! Never thought we'll see so much views even though it's easy and short!

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dylanm 11 months ago

Marvelous views everywhere I look. There aren't so many people too.

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liwei 1 year ago

Make sure to get there as early as possible as it does get very crowded and busy.

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Aska Tanaka 1 year ago

Good trail for a quick hike. Lake was very peaceful.

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Pana Cotta 2 years ago

The thick snow looks incredible. It was a fun and memorable experience.

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