Explore the most popular kid friendly trails near Maple Falls with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers and nature lovers like you.

hiking
6 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
6 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.

All 17 of us enjoyed it...even the ones who can't hike. Absolutely 'Picture' perfect!

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

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
9 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
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

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,

walking
Thursday, August 18, 2016

A great easy walk around Picture Lake. Perfect for families or people who aren't up for a full hike in the Mt Baker Wilderness. It is also a nice little warm up if you want to take in the scenery before heading up off the beaten path.

This is a very nice late afternoon walk.

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! A must do area if you want the classic shot of Mt. Shuksan!

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
Friday, March 25, 2016

Short but sweet, this paved and board-walked loop around Picture Lake is a nice place to take it all in. "The classic alpine vista of Mt. Shuksan mirrored in Picture Lake is one of the most photographed mountain scenes in North America." There are interpretive signs and a view scope during the summer. This, Bagley Lakes Fire and Ice, and the trails at the top of the ridge at Artist Point are worth the 58 miles/1 hr 20 min) to end of Hwy 542. (Glacier to Bellingham is 34 miles, and then from Glacier climbs 24 miles/1hr to 5,100 feet at Artist Point in Heather Meadows). Highly recommend a visit! (Do check the weather and access first).

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!!!

Monday, October 06, 2014

Didn't do the full walk around the lake but gorgeous photo opportunity with shuksan reflection. It's a great stop before or after a hike near artist point

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
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!

hiking
Thursday, September 13, 2012

So awesome!! There are two trailheads, the longer easy that gives you both lakes or the short and hard that drops down form the visitor center!

on Picture Lake Path

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5 months ago

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