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Artist Point lies at the conclusion of Highway 542 just outside of Bellingham. During the winter and snow-filled spring, the road can go no further than the Mount Baker Ski Resort’s upper lodge, and as such, Artist Point is left peacefully resting above, only accessible to backcountry skiers trudging up the slopes.

Autumn at Artist Point

Artist Point lies at the conclusion of Highway 542 just outside of Bellingham. During the winter and snow-filled spring, the road can go no further than the Mount Baker Ski Resort’s upper lodge, and as such, Artist Point is left peacefully resting above, only accessible to backcountry skiers trudging up the slopes.

Bagley Lakes Trail, Northern Cascades, WA. Easy, family-friendly 2.0 mile hike with 150 ft elevation.  Trail guide from Washington Trails Association.

Bagley Lakes Trail, Northern Cascades, WA. Easy, family-friendly 2.0 mile hike with 150 ft elevation. Trail guide from Washington Trails Association.

Mt Baker, Washington    I spent a lot of time on this mountain hiking with my family  and skiing.  I was blessed to see the sunrise over Mt Baker on clear mornings for 35 years of my life while I lived in Lynden.

Mt Baker, Washington I spent a lot of time on this mountain hiking with my family and skiing. I was blessed to see the sunrise over Mt Baker on clear mornings for 35 years of my life while I lived in Lynden.

Bear Glacier Provincial Park near Stewart BC, https://www.flickr.com/photos/stevezopf/

Bear Glacier Provincial Park near Stewart BC, https://www.flickr.com/photos/stevezopf/

Upper Gold - Lower Falls, Golden Ears Provincial Park, BC, Canada

Upper Gold - Lower Falls, Golden Ears Provincial Park, BC, Canada

The 5.5-mile Chain Lakes Trail begins at the end of the road, traverses Table Mountain, and passes a series of alpine lakes. Beyond this, the trail climbs over Herrmann Saddle, enters the Bagley Lakes basin, and ends near the Mt. Baker Ski Area. For a return loop, take the Wild Goose Trail back to Artist Point. http://www.moon.com/destinations/washington/north-cascades/mount-baker/recreation/hiking/heather-meadows-hikes

The 5.5-mile Chain Lakes Trail begins at the end of the road, traverses Table Mountain, and passes a series of alpine lakes. Beyond this, the trail climbs over Herrmann Saddle, enters the Bagley Lakes basin, and ends near the Mt. Baker Ski Area. For a return loop, take the Wild Goose Trail back to Artist Point. http://www.moon.com/destinations/washington/north-cascades/mount-baker/recreation/hiking/heather-meadows-hikes

Winchester Mountain: 8.5 mi roundtrip (unless you 4x4 in, then 3.5 mi), 1300' elevation gain, fairly easy with killer mountain views, lakes, and wildflowers. Mt Baker Hwy

Winchester Mountain: 8.5 mi roundtrip (unless you 4x4 in, then 3.5 mi), 1300' elevation gain, fairly easy with killer mountain views, lakes, and wildflowers. Mt Baker Hwy

The autumnal face of Lake Anne. Photo taken by Amit Hegde from Maple Pass Loop Trail (North Cascades, Washington) Lake Anne, from Maple Pass Loop Trail, North Cascades, WA, USA.

The autumnal face of Lake Anne. Photo taken by Amit Hegde from Maple Pass Loop Trail (North Cascades, Washington) Lake Anne, from Maple Pass Loop Trail, North Cascades, WA, USA.

E.C. Manning Provincial Park in Manning Park, BC

E.C. Manning Provincial Park in Manning Park, BC