Travel Thursday – Artist Point, Washington State

While visiting Washington State last summer, we had the opportunity to visit friends of mine I had not seen in fourteen years.  Within minutes it was like we had never been apart.  We had such a great time we ended up staying an additional day.  So glad we did.  Our friend took the day off from work to take us to Artist Point.  Located at the very end of Mount Baker Highway, Artist Point offers spectacular 360 views of both Mt. Baker & Mt. Shuksan.  What an added bonus to our trip to have the chance to see some of the most beautiful scenery Washington State has to offer.  In my opinion, the state is one of the most beautiful in the U.S.  With its lush green valleys and beautiful snow-capped mountains, I could easily move there.

On the way to Artist point, we made a quick stop off at Nooksack falls.  This beautiful waterfall actually splits off into two falls plunging 88 feet into a deep canyon. Because they are tucked back in a heavily forested area, viewing the falls can be tricky and dangerous. Caution and common sense are advised.

August 04, 2014 Nooksack Falls

August 04, 2014 Nooksack Falls

August 04, 2014 Nooksack Falls

The beautiful Nooksack River flowing toward the plunge of the falls

Once we arrived at Artist point, I was blown away by the views. The drive up Mt. Baker Highway was worth it to have such unobstructed views.

August 04, 2014 Artist Point

August 04, 2014 Artist Point

Snow covered parts of the trail, even in August.

August 04, 2014 Artist Point

August 04, 2014 Artist Point

I loved this view.  It reminded me of a giant skateboard half pipe.

August 04, 2014 Artist Point

Shane preparing to take a photo with his phone adds some perspective to the size of this place.

August 04, 2014 Artist Point

I loved the contrast of snow-covered mountain sides with the lush green of the other mountain sides.

August 04, 2014 Artist Point

Our friend’s dog, Bart, enjoying a chew on a stick after a few rounds of retrieving.

August 04, 2014 Artist Point

As I was taking in the sights I forgot to note which mountain was in view.  Mt. Baker or Mt. Shuksan?

August 04, 2014 Artist Point

Regardless of the mountain’s name, it is certainly beautiful with wild flowers in bloom in the foreground.

August 04, 2014 Artist Point

August 04, 2014 Artist Point

Every turn offered stunning views.  Snow and mountains reflect in snow melt water that has collected.

August 04, 2014 Artist Point

I could have stayed here all day.  The absolute peace of this place was astounding.

August 04, 2014 Artist Point

August 04, 2014 Artist Point

Ferns peek through the rocks to bask in the sunlight.

August 04, 2014 Artist Point

The last bit of winding road leading to Artist Point.

August 04, 2014 Artist Point

What a view from a bench.  Why must we leave?

We cannot thank Chris enough for such a wonderful tour of Artist Point.  However, he recently visited us in Indiana and we had a great time playing on our property, hanging out and enjoying some delicious beverages.  We were unable to match the views he showed us but he enjoyed himself nonetheless.

Please note:  Check road conditions before visiting.  Typically the road to Artist point is open from July until late September/early October.  However this year the road opened on May 14, the earliest opening ever.  Source: http://www.wsdot.wa.gov/Northwest/Baker/ArtistPoint

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2 Comments Add yours

  1. June says:

    Gorgeous photos, Amy. Looks like a place I’D like to visit someday!

    1. f-stop mama says:

      Thank June. It was quite beautiful. I enjoyed the afternoon we spent there and only wish we could have stayed longer.

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