Artist Ridge Trail

Mount Baker Wilderness Area, Washington

Elevation Gain379ft
Trailhead Elevation5,079ft
Elevation Min/Max5070/5202ft
Elevation Start/End5079/5079ft

Artist Ridge Trail

Artist Ridge Trail is a hiking trail in Whatcom County, Washington. It is within Mount Baker Wilderness Area. It is 0.7 miles long and begins at 5,079 feet altitude. Traveling the entire trail is 1.5 miles with a total elevation gain of 379 feet. The Artist Point viewpoint is near the trailhead. There are also restrooms and parking. Huntoon Point (elevation 5,210 feet) can be seen along the trail. There is also a wood along the trail. The trail ends near the Kulshan Ridge.

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Best Wildflower Hikes Western Washington (Falcon Guides)
Peter Stekel
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"This short trail has plenty to see. The views of Mount Baker and Mount Shuksan can only be described as “Wow!” Because the trail sees a lot of feet, the plant life suffers, but if you don’t have much time to hike, or can’t hike too much, and still want to see an excellent representation of the local flora, this is the trail for you. That forbidding hunk of rock and ice looming over you to the east is Mount Shuksan. Its impressive beauty is accessible by finding the Artist Ridge trail in the large parking area where WA 542 terminates. Begin walking on an asphalt trail behind the reader board at the east end of the parking lot. It quickly splits; go left and reach a viewpoint with interpretive displays." Read more
Best Hikes with Kids: Western Washington & the Cascades (The Mountaineers Books)
Joan Burton
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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." Read more
A FalconGuide to Mount Baker - Mount Shuksan Area (Falcon Guides)
Mike McQuaide
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"If you’re pressed for time, make this the one hike you do on your visit to the Mount Baker–Mount Shuksan area. You get the best of everything— countless Cascade peaks, subalpine meadows, snowfields for silly August snowball fights, and close-up views of both Mount Baker and Mount Shuksan—with the least amount of effort. The view from the parking lot itself is awesome, but for more, find the paved trailhead at the southeast corner of the parking lot (Mount Shuksan side) and follow the trail for about 100 yards to a south-facing vista. (In theory the trail has interpretive signs, but either vandals or the 25 feet of snow that falls here each year have done away with them.)" Read more

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Trail Information

Mount Baker Wilderness Area
Nearby City
Mount Baker Wilderness Area
Mount Baker–Snoqualmie National Forest, Glacier Public Service Center
Local Contacts
Green Trails #14 Mount Shuksan; USGS Mount Shuksan; DeLorme Page 43 C-8
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Dec 2018