Artist Ridge Trail

Glacier, Washington

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A short, gentle paved loop leads to kid-size, heather-framed tarns (small lakes sculpted in bedrock by a passing glacier) and summer snowbanks, dramatic views of Mount Baker and Mount Shuksan, and lessons in volcano behavior. Signs along the way give explanatory geological information, in terms kids can understand, about the formation of Mount Shuksan and Mount Baker. The trail ends a few feet from the top of Artists Ridge. For those with very young children or those intimidated by the steep Table Mountain Trail, this makes a picturesque short alternative.
Best Hikes with Kids: Western Washington & the Cascades

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Best Hikes with Kids: Western Washington & the Cascades

by Joan Burton (The Mountaineers Books)

A short, gentle paved loop leads to kid-size, heather-framed tarns (small lakes sculpted in bedrock by a passing glacier) and summer snowbanks, dramatic views of Mount Baker and Mount Shuksan, and lessons in volcano behavior.

Signs along the way give explanatory geological information, in terms kids can understand, about the formation of Mount Shuksan and Mount Baker. The trail ends a few feet from the top of Artists Ridge. For those with very young children or those intimidated by the steep Table Mountain Trail, this makes a picturesque short alternative.

©  Joan Burton/The Mountaineers Books. All Rights Reserved.

Activity Type: Hiking
Nearby City: Glacier
Distance: 1
Elevation Gain: 200 feet
Trail Type: Out-and-back
Skill Level: Easy
Duration: Day hike
Season: Late July through September
Trailhead Elevation: 5,100 feet
Top Elevation: 5,300 feet
Local Contacts: Mt. Baker - Snoqualmie National Forest
Local Maps: Green Trails No. 14 Mt. Shuksan; USGS Shuksan Arm
Driving Directions: Directions to Artist Ridge Trail

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Apr 2018