Artist Point

A moderate snowshoe trip at Mount Baker, 5 miles round trip with 1,100 feet of gain. A classic trip, with outstanding views and typically quite deep snow. In summer, follow a gravel trail along the road, up to Huntoon Point then Artist Point for views of the surrounding mountains.

getting there

Take I-5 to Bellingham. Take Exit 255 for SR 542, the Mount Baker Highway. Drive East on SR 542 approximately 54 miles to the ski area and continue to the uppermost parking lot. During winter and early spring, all cars must carry chains and a snow shovel!

snowshoeing & skiing

When visibility is good, the views from Artist Point are hard to beat. The track follows alongside the ski area, leads up to Austin Pass, and rises further up to Artist Point. Avalanche risk can be mitigated with good terrain choice, but this is not a trip suitable for high avalanche danger days.

trail running & day hiking

Follow a gravel trail along the road, up to Huntoon Point then Artist Point for 360° views of the surrounding mountains.


  • The trailhead is located near the our Baker Lodge, for those seeking a full weekend in the snow or planning an early start on the trail.
  • Because of it's distance from city lights, this a good location for night sky photography of the Milky Way, meteor showers, and other celestial events.
  • Difficulty: Moderate, M1 Mountain 1 Ski
  • Length: 5.0 mi
  • Elevation Gain: 1,100 ft
  • 5,080 ft
  • Land Manager: Mount Baker-Snoqualmie National Forest
    Mount Baker Wilderness, Mount Baker Ranger District (MBSNF)
  • Parking Permit Required: None
  • Recommended Party Size: 12
  • Maximum Party Size: 12
  • Green Trails Mount Baker Wilderness Climbing No. 13S
  • Green Trails Mt Shuksan No. 14
  • USGS Shuksan Arm

Upcoming Activities

Day Hike - Artist Point

Day Hiking Trip
Sunset hike to Artist Point!
Difficulty: Moderate
Fri, Aug 17, 2018
No Prerequisites
11 participants
Registration opens Jun 30
Foothills Branch
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