Picture Lake Loop

A short loop hike around the lake that is ideal for photographing sunrises and sunsets and Mount Shuksan's reflection in it. This small lake often has grey jays and other northwest birds, as well as huckleberries in the fall.

getting there

Drive SR 542 east to to the Glacier Public Service Center (Ranger Station) and continue ~23 miles to the Mount Baker Ski Area. At the junction in front of The Firs Chalet, turn right onto the one-way loop road. The parking lot for the The Mountaineers Baker Lodge is on the right side of the road about a third of a mile beyond The Firs Chalet. Or continue to the upper parking lot for the ski area (4,250 ft).

on the trail

Follow the 0.5-mile, ADA-accessible path around Picture Lake, home to one of the most photographed vistas in America. Featuring a backdrop of craggy Mount Shuksan and a foreground of wildflowers ringing a sparkling lake in summer, Picture Lake is great for taking pictures, hence its name. Interpretive signs are posted along the trail, so hikers can enjoy a little education along with their walk.

INFORMATION for leaders


  • This route allows multiple bookings. Please check scheduled trips listed below in the "Activities" tab to see if there is another group already booked on the same day and be sure to coordinate times you'll be on the trail so we we have only one group at a time on the trail.
  • Suitable Activities: Day Hiking, Photography
  • Seasons: April, May, June, July, August, September, October
  • Weather: View weather forecast.
  • Difficulty: Easy
  • Length: 0.5 mi
  • Green Trails Mt Shuksan No. 14
  • Green Trails Mount Baker Wilderness Climbing No. 13S

Upcoming Activities

Day Hike - Picture Lake Loop

Photography Trip
Photograph the sunrise at Picture Lake with Mt. Shuksan reflected on the water. Priority given
Sun, Aug 11, 2019
No Prerequisites
11 participants
Registration opens Jun 1
Seattle Branch

Day Hike - Picture Lake Loop

Day Hiking Trip
Day hike for Tacoma Hiking and Backpacking Baker Lodge Retreat. Join me on this sunset
Difficulty: Easy
Fri, Aug 16, 2019
No Prerequisites, Leader's Permission Required
10 participants
Registration opens Aug 1
Tacoma Branch
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