• Aaron

Artist Point Snowshoe

Artist Point is, hands down, one of the most beautiful, accessible snowshoeing routes in Washington. It's a bit of a drive up to Mt. Baker but they really take care of the road. I had zero problems in my Nissan Versa; it was plowed and they'd put some grit down. The parking lot was well maintained, too! There were no passes required and no parking fees. As a head's up, snow chains and a shovel are required for the Mt. Baker area.

Distance: 4.0 miles | GPS: 48.8616, -121.6825

Elevation Gain: 1,000 ft | Peak: 5,100 ft

North Cascades - Mt. Baker | My Hiking Master Post

The snowshoe starts out from the parking lot at Heather Meadows, just past the ski lift. There's a bathroom at the trail head and the trail starts out following a groomed ski route. (There's a barrier keeping the areas apart.)

It was easy at first but, in a couple sections, people had gone rogue making it difficult to tell where the safest route was. We ended up going down the steep version by accident but sledded down on our butts.

Overall, great trip! The scenery and dog-friendliness of this trail really creates a lot of magic!
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