Mileage: 4 miles RT
Elevation Gain/Highest: 1000ft/5100ft
Map: Green Trails Mount Shuksan No. 14
Favorite Eats After Hike: North Fork Brewery
As always, practice Leave No Trace. Pretty Please.
2/14/2016 This was my second attempt at Artist Point and the second time without the iconic views. It was a wonderful day anyway. We were headed up at 9:30am, following the groomed trail until we reached the “entering backcountry” sign. We knew it was a high Avalanche warning day so we would only go as far as we felt comfortable.
From here we took long sweeping switchbacks up to where it first levels out, noticing several other groups including some Boy Scouts earning a badge with some snow camping. The powder was deep but there was a trail to follow up to here.
From this point we took turns postholing on the snow covered road as the weekend had brought a few more feet of snow and we were first up. With several stops to deliberate the turns in the road, we eventually made it up to the parking lot at Artist Point. It was here we decided to stop for lunch instead of braving a sketchy ridge walk to Huntoon although several other people not with us continued on in various directions.
It was still early, so we rambled our way down, leaving the groomed area sooner and walking closer to the valley with views of the river. Back to the car by 12:30, we all agreed even without the blue skies it was a fun outing.
Directions: Drive SR 542 (Mount Baker Highway) to the end of the road (55 miles and the Mt.Baker Ski Resort). Pulling into the resort area, take the first right hand turn and drive around to the large parking lot behind the resort area. You will see a set of bathrooms at the far end. The trail begins to the left.