Artist Point

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A view of the seasonal section of SR 542, known as the road to Artist Point, cleared for 2019.
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SR 542 to Artist Point 

Status: Closed to vehicles
The final 2.7 mile stretch of SR 542-Mount Baker Highway to Artist Point is now closed. Snow has fallen and crews have closed the road to vehicle traffic for the 2021-22 winter season. 

Reopening the Road to Artist Point
Once the snow stops falling in the spring of 2022, WSDOT crews will evaluate the walls structural integrity, which is located above Heather Meadows Visitor Center, Chain Lakes Loop Trailhead and Austin Pass Picnic area (milepost 55.6). Hillside erosion caused a portion of the wall - built in the 1930s - and roadway to crumble in October 2020. Our crews completed work this summer to temporarily stabilize the slope and wall until funding becomes available for permanent repairs.

When the road is open again to oversized and recreational vehicles, it is advised to park at the Terminal Lake parking lot as there is insufficient room to make the turn, which is approximately one mile south of Terminal Lake (milepost 55.6), due to the recent repairs mentioned above. Anyone traveling into the mountains should research current conditions before they head out.

Viewpoint Information
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 opens in July and remains open until the first substantial snowfall of the year, which usually comes in late September or early October. 
 

Contacts

Trail and hiking information 
Mt. Baker Ranger District Office 
360-856-5700  ext 0
810 State Route 20 
Sedro-Woolley, WA 98284 

Glacier Public Service Center 
360-599-9572  
Glacier, WA 98244  

Information about SR 542
WSDOT communications  (No trail or hiking information available.)
 

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