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Aptly named, this hike really puts you up on a tabletop to take in an incredible 360* view of Mt. Baker and the Cascade Range, Artist’s Point, Ptarmigan Ridge, Heather Meadows, and miles of amazingness.

Take the upward slanting trail at the west corner of the Artist’s Point parking lot (packed to the gills and overflowing a mile down the access road on this sunny Fall day.) It is a brief but rugged hike to get up to the “table”. Most elevation is gained in the first half mile with one particular rock-face span of trail requiring slow and careful attention to footfalls on loose rock. In general, about 70% of the trail is gravel and scree. You’ll be looking at your dusty boots a lot as you negotiate the trail so be sure to stop frequently and look up!

Once on top, the trail wanders and weaves, and at time splits and disappears. It may appear on the AllTrails map that this hike connects with the Chain Lakes trail but it does not. The furthest reach of the Table Mountain trail looks down on the Chain Lakes trail. Stop here to enjoy your snacks while pondering how small those hikers appear below and how immense Mt. Baker is above. You are a magnificent speck of stardust, and being here—eating string cheese and pepperoni sticks—is a mysterious miracle. :-)

hiking
18 hours ago

Took on this hike near the end of our stay. I was pretty worn out so I only made it past the 4th switch back. I was so disappointed but better judgement prevailed. Not a terrible hard hike but if heights are a factor this is not for you. On the day we went there must have been 100 + going up and down, so the switch backs were very crowded.

BEAUTIFUL! This is a must do hike. Fairly gradual so take the whole family with you too! Love love loved it. We didn’t do the entire thing because it was crazy busy but we will be back!

Perfect day today for this gorgeous trail. A little harder than Joffre Lake trail.

Wow this is beautiful and very worth the trip in the fall with the leaves turning!!

hiking
22 days ago

Fun trail with spectacular scenery.

Gorgeous hike - this time of year the colors were absolutely breathtaking. Only a few small snowfields to cross, a bit slippery later in the day as the sun melts them, but pretty easy to cross even without poles.

A great day hike which, while long, has varied stunning scenery, beautiful flowers and minimal elevation gain. One of my favorites. We did this hike on August 28 and we used micro spikes for two of the snowfield but I’m 73 so need to be more cautious than all you young ones!

hiking
1 month ago

Very simple loop that offers amazing views of Tabletop! Also the lakes are crystal clear and ice cold, perfect to dip your toes in on a hot summer day, or let your dog go for a swim! Before you start on the trail, be sure to go inside Grandma’s Cabin and read up on the history of the area!

hiking
1 month ago

Nice, short hike for some incredible views.

scenic driving
2 months ago

Did this years ago when my little brother lived there....

walking
2 months ago

Amazing views

hiking
2 months ago

Good, simple hike. As of 8/13/2018 it is very smokey. You can still see the mountains but not as clearly as I wanted to.

hiking
2 months ago

Did this hike a couple days ago. No need for crampons or snow gear, just walk slow in the snow covered portions. There were amazing views the entire way!!! Lots of exposure on this trail and little shade so bring sunscreen and plenty of water. The views of Mount Baker are spectacular, and there were about 24 mountain goats with their young bear the end along the slopes. I don’t know why this hike is rated as Hard/Difficult. It wasn’t hard to navigate and there weren’t any hard hill climbs. The trail is mostly flat.

hiking
2 months ago

This is a scenic walk. It is easy but on the mountain side of the loop it gets a wee bit challenging if you have knee issues, are out of shape, or are not sure footed. It is a single file trail.

Stay on the side of the lodge or parking lot and go back and forth on that path if you are not a walking person or have medical issues.

Fire and Ice is a quick and super easy trail with gorgeous views.
It is a must!!!! I am amazed at how beautiful it is.

2 months ago

Super fast and easy trail but...oh such views!
Beautiful!

Awesome views! One of my favorites

hiking
3 months ago

Hiked it July 16. Beginning is still completely snowed in. Since I haven't done it before I had done trouble finding my way with all the snow, but eventually my micro spikes got me through the uphill snow field and to the switchbacks.

At the switchbacks the snow disappeared and the going was much easier, albeit straight up through rugged rock. Beautiful views of Baker as you're ascending.

Once on top there are 360 degree views of Baker, Shuksan, and many other beautiful things in every direction. I was competent enveloped in blue snowmelt ponds, snowy mountains, sheer cliffs, and so on.

To continue past the top it requires micro spikes to be put back on so I could do some ridge hiking to explore. Only saw two other people the three hours or so I was on the hike.

Seriously so beautiful. Still snow on the trail in some places, it’s very thin in some spots as well so you can fall through so be very careful and mindful of that.

so couldn't do any hikes because there was so much snow, but roads clear and open. we wandered around a while looking for a trailhead but no luck, had my 1 year old and 8 year old so wasn't going to chance it. talked to a women at the visitor center, she said at least 2 or 3 more weeks til it's clear. the views from the parking lot were amazing so cant wait to go back.

I had to turn back today due to not having the right gear. If you’re going in the next week bring crampons an ice ax and be prepared to traverse a rather steep snowy slope. I recommend a climbing helmet as there were rocks falling from above. 4 miles into the hike the snow turned soupy like instant potatoes and slid from under you. This is a great trail I will be returning too very very soon:

hiking
3 months ago

Great views!

snowshoeing
3 months ago

amazing views! definitely and worth it coming back this winter!

Road not open yet to cars past upper parking lot, (about last 3 miles) lake Ann trailhead still had decent amount of snow.
Bagley Lakes starting to become visible.

hiking
4 months ago

The road to Artist Point is cleared of snow but the gate is still locked shut so you can walk the 2.7 mile up to the point but apparently no driving up there until July sometime. Hopefully before the 4th.

Great snowshoe! Lots of snow still, snowed a couple times last week when we were there. Moderate hike, some of the best mountain views so easily accessible!

Artist Point on a sunny day is always a five star snow shoe! No two return trips are the same as there is always a new direction to go or a trail to follow. This snow shoe has a few short steep spots but is able to be done by even a beginner if patient. Given the right weather your efforts will be rewarded. If its not clear or there is limited blue sky you my as well not bother. Once you seen what this hike has to offer on a perfect day its hard to go back when its overcast.

I had to return to do this one on a sunny day and it was magnificent! Nearly 360 views from Artist Point. Many trails were created to get to the top so choose your own adventure from the upper parking lot. We hugged the groomed trail, keeping it to our left before the terrain flattens out and naturally provides a wide trail that meanders left before switching back right.

hiking
Friday, September 29, 2017

From artist point to the summit, you have about a 1 mile hike up. The trail is marked, barely, but it's rugged and fun. breathtaking views of Mount Baker and Mount Shuksan, a lake and the Ski Area.

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