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“Spectacular Views of Mt Baker and Mt Shuksan”

Mount Rainier National Park
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Private Mount Rainier Tour from Seattle
Ranked #1 of 4 things to do in Ashford
Certificate of Excellence
Reviewed 12 January 2016

Artist Point Trailhead is located at the terminus of the Mount Baker Scenic Byway (WA-524), about 24 miles (38.6k) east of the Glacier Public Service Center, and provides access to an overlook and a number of trails that provide, as the name implies, spectacularly beautiful views of Mt Baker, Mt Shuksan and surrounding areas.

From the large parking lot at the trailhead, which has vault toilets but no potable water, the overlook on Artist Ridge is reached via a 100 yard (91m) accessible trail which has spotting scopes, benches and interpretive signs. The trailhead also provides access to a number of other trails including Chain Lakes, Table Mountain and Ptarmigan Ridge, many of which intersect permitting one to take very nice hikes in this subalpine environment from a fraction of a mile to much longer excursions.

Departing from the east side of the parking lot is the very popular 1.2 mile (1.9k) long Artist Ridge - Huntoon Point loop trail, which gains about 200 feet (61m), that we chose to hike. The trail follows the crest of Artist Ridge, providing spectacular views of Mt Baker in one direction and Mt Shuksan in the other, then loops around Huntoon Point and returns back along Artist Ridge. While there were some forest fires in the area when we visited with the smoke partially obscure the view, it actually added a surrealistic feel to the whole experience.

Note that the parking lot is a “fee area” of the US Forest Service so one will need to display a day pass, available for 5 USD at the Glacier Public Service Center, or an annual interagency pass.

Thank Steve1362
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Reviewed 10 January 2016

Sadly I made the mistake of only booking 1 night in the park...

I will be back!! If I lived in Washington I would ensure that I lived as near to the entrance as possible, and spend the rest of my life venturing into the unlimited outdoor experience of Rainier!!

2  Thank Emu72
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Reviewed 31 December 2015

We went in the middle of an August summer day, and it was SO COLD. Also, there are no showers available, so plan accordingly! Very, very beautiful with hiking trails for every skill level.

1  Thank Lauren W
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Reviewed 25 December 2015 via mobile

We came in mid December and the drive up to paradise was already tough. The pass to get in lasts 7 days. You can rent everything you need down the mountain, but the shop at paradise carries rentals too - $15 for snowshoe. The views are incredible! Come here and enjoy the snow!

Thank Hung T
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Reviewed 16 December 2015

If you love mountains, then this visitor friendly park is a wonderful treasure for most ages. You can see the mountain's summit and enjoy breathtaking views from a variety of view points and trails.

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