artist point snowshoe
11/27/2015

lower section artist point snowshoe route

Itching to get outside after tearing my Achilles in September, I couldn’t pass up the ideal weather over Thanksgiving weekend and had to find somewhere to go. Already covered in snow and almost assured an exquisite view, Artist Point seemed like an obvious choice.

If you have ever made the drive in summer, then you know the crowds this area can draw. While winter is no different, the crowd is considerably smaller. The snowfall makes Artist Point Accessible by snowshoe or ski. Best of all you won’t be looking over other tourist cameras trying to get a peek at the scenery.

Coming in winter means the ski area is open. When you arrive, If they try to direct you down the hill, let them know where you are going. Most of the time they will direct you to the right area. That is if there’s parking remaining. Do your best to park at the top of the ski area. That is where the snowshoe up to artist point begins. Otherwise, you will need to walk up there.

Artist Point is a straightforward snowshoe trip. Arriving at 8 am worked out perfectly. The ski area parking lot still had plenty of space available. On top of that, I was able to make it to Artist Point before the sun was at full force for the day. This meant less sweating and more enjoyment of the surrounding views.

mount shuksan artist point snowshoe

From the upper parking lot, follow the ski area boundary fence. You will get lead around the side of the hill and to the upper ski area. From here you can access where the road is during the summer months. Follow it to the artist point parking area. The hardest part of your day will come at the beginning in the form of one large hill.

table mountain artist point snowshoe artist point snowshoe route views artist point parking lot winter snowshoe

Artist Point is a straightforward snowshoe trip. Arriving at 8 am worked out perfectly. The ski area parking lot still had plenty of space available. On top of that, I was able to make it to Artist Point before the sun was at full force for the day. This meant less sweating and more enjoyment of the surrounding views.

You have the energy for another short hill, the be sure to check out Huntoon Point. Slightly better view and usually a smaller crowd.

Mount Baker From Artist Point Snowshoe mount shuksan artist point snowshoe north cascades