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Artist Point

Mount Baker Area, Washington

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  • Mount Baker Ski Area upper parking lot and Artist Point winter trailhead.- Artist Point
  • Following estabilished tracks early en route.- Artist Point
  • Cross-country skiers on the route.- Artist Point
  • A glance north at the ski area.- Artist Point
  • Snowshoers on the Kulshan Ridge crest.- Artist Point
  • Three snowshoers atop Artist Point (5,220') with more closing in along the ridge.- Artist Point
  • The steepest pitch on the route.- Artist Point
  • Artist Point (5,220') and Kulshan Ridge.- Artist Point
  • A photographer waiting out the cloud cover for a clear view of Mount Baker (10,781').- Artist Point
  • A skier crossing open slopes in front of Mount Shuksan (9,131').- Artist Point
  • Making camp below the Kulshan Ridge crest.- Artist Point
  • Admiring tree and sky contrasts.- Artist Point
  • Mount Baker (10,781') standing tall to the west.- Artist Point
  • Table Mountain (5,742') from Kulshan Ridge.- Artist Point
  • A close-up view of the Shuksan Pyramid (9,131') and Shuksan Arm from Artist Point.- Artist Point
  • Views north toward the ski area and the Canadian Cascades beyond.- Artist Point
  • Avalanche slopes below Table Mountain (5,742') in the Bagley Lakes basin.- Artist Point
  • Cliffs and avalanche slopes near the base area.- Artist Point
  • - Artist Point
Overview + Weather
Pros: 
Dramatic views of the North Cascades.
Cons: 
Large crowds during weekends.
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Region:
Mount Baker Area, WA
Congestion: 
High
Pets allowed: 
Yes
Net Elevation Gain: 
1,000.00 ft (304.80 m)
Parking Pass: 
Not Required
Preferable Season(s):
Winter
Total Distance: 
4.00 mi (6.44 km)
Trail type: 
There-and-back
Trailhead Elevation: 
4,232.00 ft (1,289.91 m)
Current Local Weather:
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Adventure Description

Adventure Description

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Standing atop Artist Point on a crisp and clear winter day grants some of the most awe-inspiring scenery in the state of Washington. This roundish knob protruding from Kulshan Ridge sits between the glaciated  towers of Mount Baker and Mount Shuksan. The color scheme here is surreal, with dark cliffs and forests against contouring quilts of snow and a deep blue sky brushed with white billowy clouds.

The route departs from the Mount Baker Ski Area upper parking lot and follows a groomed cat-track below the ski lifts and downhill runs. Snowshoers are advised to stick to the track's edge, as unannounced ski and snowboard traffic can zoom by at any second. Your eyes will undoubtedly be drawn to the picturesque Bagley Lakes basin during this first section, making cross-country travel along the groomed track a safer option. 

After trekking a mile from your vehicle and gaining 500 feet of elevation, the 4,700-foot Austin Pass reveals the second portion of the route. Keep progressing southwest up the slopes to reach a massive shelf just east of Table Mountain. Kulshan Ridge begins here, as well as Mount Baker's commanding presence to the west. The views south become breathtaking as you turn back toward Mount Shuksan's colossal arm, and the magnificent half-mile up to Artist Point is truly inspiring.  

Check weather and avalanche reports if exploring the backcountry in this area.

Backcountry Safety

Winter backcountry adventures can be dangerous outdoor activities that pose significant risks as conditions affecting safety (i.e. weather, snowpack stability, avalanche hazard) are constantly changing. Prior to engaging in these activities each individual should get the proper training to make safe decisions and be equipped to use avalanche safety resources and tools. Please visit our Backcountry Skiing and Avalanche Safety post to learn more.

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