National Forest Foundation

Artist Point and Heather Meadows Trail

Supported by REI

There’s a reason Artist Point has its name. This spectacular spot offers 360-degree views of Mt. Shuksan and Mt. Baker and is an iconic year-round Pacific Northwest destination. Located on the Mt. Baker-Snoqualmie National Forest, Artist Point has long been a favorite of hikers, photographers and, of course, artists.

While the view itself is inspiring, Artist Point also serves as a popular trailhead accessing the rugged Mt. Baker-Snoqualmie Forest and its incredible terrain.

The three-mile Heather Meadows Trail provides hikers the chance to earn their Artist Point view and is one of the more popular trails on the Mt. Baker-Snoqualmie Forest. Both the Heather Meadows Trail and trails in and around Artist Point received much needed maintenance and restoration work in 2018 through support from REI. We rehabilitated trail surfaces and improved retaining features and slope stabilization where it was needed.

This work not only benefits hikers, but improves water quality and wildlife habitat in this heavily visited National Forest.

Accomplishments:

  • Repaired 800 feet of trail
  • Installed crushed gravel and broken rock to stabilize slopes and discourage off-trail travel
  • Improved the trailhead area


Project Updates

We are excited with the work we did at Artist Point this year. We improved the trailhead significantly, adding visually appealing rock work and improved the trail to reduce environmental impacts and make the portions to the overlook ADA-accessible so that all of us can enjoy the spectacular views Artist Point offers.The project is nearly complete, with the final application of asphalt on the ADA-accessible trail sections slated for 2019.