Snowshoe to Artist Point
Washington › Artist Point
Added by Rose Freeman
Snowshoe up to the top of a snow covered ridge to view Artist Point, Mount Shuksan to the east, and Mount Baker to the west!
From the south end of the ski area, snowshoe past an old ski lodge along an old access road parallel to the ski hill. Then, ascend Austin Pass (2 miles) following the broad switchbacks. Once at the top of the ridge, follow the road to the left 1/4 mile and take in the views of Artist Point, Mount Shuksan, and Mount Baker.
When we started this snowshoe hike the wind was cold and the sky was gray. At the top of the ridge, the sun peaked through and colored the sky with soft bright colors. It's an excellent snowshoe adventure with a lot of variety for intermediate explorers!
- Osprey Mira 26 Hydration Pack
- Extra water in case hydration tube freezes
- Lowa boots
- Trekking poles
- MSR Lightning Ascent 22 Snowshoes
- Extra clothing layers (waterproof shell, fleece)
- Backpacking stove & fuel
- Coffee & percolator
- First aid
- Waterproof matches
- Extra food
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Nov 28, 2015 - Fantastic as per usual, though a little low on fresh snow. Sun was shining though! Explored more then in the past which was totally worth it. The main trail saw quite a few other snowshoers, but going off the beaten path was quieter. One of my favourite places to go. April 4, 2015 - Fantastic weather and enough snow! I tried going in February 2015 and we had to turn around due to a white out about 30 minutes in, but this time we had sunshine and only a few clouds that hid the peak of Mt Baker from us. Great conditions, however I would have enjoyed more snow. Snowshoes were definitely still a good idea. About 45 minutes to an hour up? Enjoyed the glorious view and enough sun to give some colour before heading back down, exploring as we went. Lots of back country skiers and snow boarders out there, even a big group camping overnight. March 9, 2014 - I just snowshoed up Artist Point this past Monday. It was incredible! Gorgeous views the whole way up and once you're at the top it's breathtaking! The drive from Abbotsford was gorgeous! Once you arrived at Mount Baker there's no point going into the lodge to ask for advice, no one will be helpful and at the very least they will highly discourage you to go forward. They don't want to be held legally responsible. **Check out Avalanche reviews yourself and be prepared!!! We went on a gorgeous sunny day and saw probably 10 others out on the hike as well. Everyone was very friendly and helpful, who couldn't be with such a gorgeous view! So drive to the end of the road till you hit a dead-end there's a parking lot and will likely be a few other cars there as well, start hiking up! It'll seem like you're going uphill where others are skiing down at first… You are. You'll reach a point where there's a warning of avalanches and that you're going out of boundaries to your right, that's where you're heading. Continue on; if others are ahead of you it's easy to follow their trail if not make your own! about 45 minutes in you will get to a 'ridge' that continues on to the left , instead you want to go right and zigzag up the steeper incline. Up ahead will be artist point in all it's glory! Relax and enjoy the view; we hung out up there for an hour, enjoying Gods creation, the sun was so brilliantly shining we came down with sunburn. Took us an hour up at a very steady pace and probably 40 minutes down taking our time. Can wait to go back again!
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