May 14, 2015
- The final 2.7 miles of SR 542 to Artist Point opened at about 4 p.m. Thursday, May 14. It's the earliest opening ever. In the event of a late season snowfall, the highway could close until conditions improve.
- Weather can change suddenly in the mountains. Drivers who visit Artist Point between now and the end of June should be prepared for winter driving conditions. Motorists should carry tire chains, food, water, warm clothes and blankets.
Artist Point is located at the very end of Mount Baker Highway, State Route 542 and boasts 360-degree views of Mount Shuksan and Mount Baker, as well as access to a variety of trails.
The road to Artist Point, 2.7 miles long (milepost 54.55 to 57.26) and more than 5,000 feet above sea level, is typically buried under snow and closed October through June.
The road to Artist Point typically opens in July and remains open until the first substantial snowfall of the year, which usually comes in late September or early October.
Trail and hiking information
Mt. Baker Ranger District Office
360-856-5700 ext 515
810 State Route 20
Sedro-Woolley, WA 98284
Glacier Public Service Center
Glacier, WA 98244
206-440-4696 (No trail or hiking information available at this number.)
15700 Dayton Avenue North
Shoreline, WA 98133