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 closed to Artist Point 

The final 1.8 mile stretch of SR 542-Mount Baker Highway to Artist Point is closed to vehicles, the gate is located at milepost 54.7.

The Washington State Department of Transportation closes SR 542 seasonally during the winter months. On October 12, 2020, the highway was closed ahead of snowfall due to hillside errosion and a crumbling wall at milepost 55.6. This closure included removing a section of the wall in the short-term to keep it from falling on the road or recreation areas below.

It is WSDOT’s goal to re-open the final stretch of SR 542 to Artist Point later this summer, but that depends on the condition of the wall, the amount of snow and the work needed to temporarily stabilize the hillside.

Erosion below and behind the wall – built in the 1930s – requires extensive rehabilitation, there is no current funding available for the long-term repairs. Later this summer contractor crews working for WSDOT will return to temporarily stabilize the slope and determine when the highway can be re-opened until funding becomes available for permanent repair work.

Status: Closed to vehicles

Maintenance crews are currently clearing SR 542 up to the Terminal Lake parking lot. Once the highway is clear to this point, WSDOT and the US Forest Service will coordinate moving the gate closure point for access to the Heather Meadows Visitor Center. Anyone traveling into the mountains should research current conditions before they head out. Artist Point is accessible by foot or bike.

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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