Explore the most popular hiking trails in Mt Baker Ski Area with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers and nature lovers like you.

hiking
7 months ago

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.

hiking
7 months ago

This hike needs to be combined with another hike to earn the five stars as its a long drive to Baker for a short hike. Leave about 2.5 hours for this hike and explore the terrain up top. You need to wander and explore. Its a three star hike if you hike up and down.

backpacking
7 months ago

excellent hike! Definitely recommended for those amazing views. trail can be a little rough with lots of loose rocks but almost anyone could do it. also prepare for year round snowpack in locations

One of the best hikes in the area. Usually need an ice axe before late August as steep snow slopes linger. Spectacular views.

Beautiful scenery. Nice, easy trail, though last hundred yards is uphill.

hiking
10 months ago

Still a lot of snow mid July. Would rate higher later in the summer when it is possible to walk and enjoy the beauty around you rather than having to watch every step. Fantastic for a hike with the kiddos.

hiking
10 months ago

Seriously beautiful views. Turned around at about the halfway point because it was a bit much for kids under 10. Fragrant flowers and snow capped mountains make this picture perfect.

hiking
Thursday, April 27, 2017

Spectacular views the entire trail.

backpacking
Saturday, November 05, 2016

Overnight above the tree line with beautiful views of Mt. Baker.

hiking
Saturday, October 08, 2016

The autumn colors are amazing right now!

hiking
Monday, October 03, 2016

The autumn colors are amazing right now!

Tuesday, September 27, 2016

Nice easy hike at me warmed up, Beautiful scenery

hiking
Wednesday, August 24, 2016

Went on a cloudy day mid August, visibility was crummy and created an eerie feeling the entire trip. Saw ptarmigans, marmots, goats, and one mystery predatory mammal of some sort. Was a decent amount of snow/ice crossing.

Sunday, August 21, 2016

Great area to bring kids to introduce them to hiking. Flat and easy.

walking
Sunday, August 21, 2016

Great short hike for young kids. Fairly flat,

Tuesday, August 09, 2016

Not a bad trail for some great views of Mt. Shuksan & Mount Baker! The Switchbacks are fun!

Tuesday, August 09, 2016

Easy, so nice mountain views, do if you have the time

Tuesday, August 09, 2016

Easy, Pretty area, worth it if you got the time

hiking
Wednesday, August 03, 2016

Beautiful view!

hiking
Friday, June 24, 2016

Rocky, goat lake along the way is amazing

hiking
Monday, February 08, 2016

Great family trail that can be done easily with smaller children yet you still get some stunning scenery

hiking
Saturday, September 26, 2015

This trail has awesome switchbacks going right up to the ridge line. To see Baker and Shuksan so open is amazing. This trail is so beautiful. The trail and the view are something a person must see before they leave this earth!!!

hiking
Tuesday, August 25, 2015

Beautiful day.

hiking
Friday, November 14, 2014

One of the best hikes in the world. Mt Baker and Mt Shuksan up close and personal through out, along with 360 degree view of the Cascades. 1 inch of snow at the ski area base. Road is closed past the ski area. . Had to park at the upper parking lot of the ski area. I was headed to the "Portals", but the additional time to hike to the artist point parking lot . . I turned around at the base of Coleman Pinnacle. 5 star day on many levels. No one was on the trail. Complete solitude for the entire day. 1-2 feet of powder snow past the junction to Chain Lakes . .if you have been on this trail before, you will easily get to the base of Coleman. Ice axe is advised for one short section. Didn't see any animals, but saw many tracks. I witnessed, for the first time, an iridescent cloud. . .amazing bizarre experience . . I had my polarized sun glasses on which intensified the colors by 5 times. I will post a couple of pictures of it . . No filters, etc.

hiking
Thursday, October 02, 2014

I combined Ptarmigan Ridge with the Chain Lakes Loop, which made for around 18 miles. The trail was often rocky but well-maintained and not at all strenuous. This late in the year, there are very few snowfields to cross. I got by fine without poles, which are probably a necessity the rest of the year.

It was a warm and sunny Sunday, perhaps the last of the year. I got an early start and so didn't see another soul for hours, the only signs of humanity a chanting drifting through the dawn air and a few tents scattered along the lakeshores. Mount Baker loomed closer and closer, until it looked like you could reach out and touch the summit. When I could no longer find any semblance of trail, I climbed some rocks (sending pikas scurrying and earning a whistle from a startled marmot) to read and watch the hawks spiral up from the valley beneath to far overhead. The views were stupendous, the silence complete except for the occasional crack and groan of ice shifting on the mountain.

On the way back I passed a steady stream of people going in both directions (there must have been an earlier turnaround point). This trail is popular for a reason, but it was still a shock. The bonus on the return journey was running into an actual ptarmigan on Ptarmigan Ridge, which ineffectively tried to flee down the same trail I was walking on.

hiking
Wednesday, October 01, 2014

It was dense fog the whole drive up and drizzling at the trailhead but the temperature was bearable so we went for it anyway. There was only one other little group that we passed at the Chain Lakes junction. Windy drizzly conditions followed by intense bright sun and blue sky. Got caught in a dismal downpour emerging out of the first valley but took shelter for about 20 minutes in a stand of pine which was fortuitously placed where it was. At the rock piles opposite the floe area/lake we stopped for lunch and based on the system that was billowing up and down in the next valley we decided to skip the outlook and explore the lake area. Actually was interesting since there is so much going on geologically. All in all, I'd say a 7 out of 10 given it was so late in the season and we should have known better.

Sunday, August 24, 2014

Went last September to this interpretive trail with 3 kiddos while camping at Douglas Fir campground off of 542 Super easy, and absolutely gorgeous. Can't wait to get back

hiking
Saturday, August 09, 2014

This is a great "bang for the buck" hike. Doesn't take too long, but gives you excellent views from the top. We also enjoyed the elaborate rock pile artistry that was present at the top when we were there. If you are up at Artists Point for just a short visit, give this hike your consideration.

hiking
Saturday, August 09, 2014

This was a deceptive hike for me. You are totally out in the open for just about the whole hike. Much of it is through fairly barren rocky areas that aren't too exciting for near viewing. BUT -- the reward at the far end of the hike is worth it. You can get a mountain top experience with 360-degree views. Based on the trail map, I'm not sure I actually made it to the summit turnaround point. Instead I diverted off the trail near the end of the hike along a backbone ridge that takes you to a spire of rock -- great for "man in the mountain" photos. From the hike summit the views of Mt. Baker in particular and Mt. Shuksan are excellent. You can also see mountain ranges in all directions. We were there the first of Sept and walked over short patches of snow. A great hike in open terrain that lets you enjoy long views of the local mountains.

hiking
Wednesday, August 14, 2013

Did this one last September, which is the perfect time to do it, if the snow melt has been sufficient! Getting up there is a bit unsettling, so best not to do with dogs or children, but the view from the top is worth every heartbeat skip. A full 360 degree panoramic view of not just Baker, Shuksan and the surrounding peaks, but on a very clear day you can even see Rainier off in the distance!

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