MOUNT BAKER DAY TOUR
When: June 15 – October 15 9:30am-6:30pm*
Price: $207 adult, $103.50 child (10 & under)
*times set to accommodate the Amtrak Cascades train schedule from Vancouver and Seattle
The Mount Baker Day Tour drive from sea level to the end of the road at Artist Point at 5410 ft is an amazing journey in itself! The Mount Baker Scenic Byway follows alongside the pristine, alder-lined Nooksak River leading you into the magnificent PNW rainforest of the North Cascades. Impressive old firs and cedars, accompanied by huge moss-covered maples welcome you into the Mt Baker-Snoqualmie National Forest.
Then, its up and up where mountain peaks come into view. Mount Shuksan is first to greet you with it’s impressive pointy peaks and glaciers. We’ll stop to take a picture of Shuksan reflecting in Picture Lake, perhaps one of the most famous lakes in the world. A bit more and you reach the top of the North Cascades where Mount Baker stands grand!
From Artist Point, the views of both mountains, their glaciers, their flower-filled valleys, their backcountry lakes, and the endless peaks of the North Cascades and the Canadian Coast Mountains is simply breathtaking! Clouds and fog also make this place magical… Mount Baker, or Koma Kulshan (in the native language), stands colossal at 10,871f t tall at the northern edge of the North Cascades. Mount Shuksan, Mt Baker’s faithful companion, stands at 9,131 ft towards the East.
Stop. Look. Listen. Smell. Feel. Admire. Photograph.
For the next several hours experience the vastness, the timelessness, the serenity, the solitude, the magnificence of Mount Baker’s wilderness as we walk around Artist Point and take a short 1-mile hike around Bagley Lakes. These beautiful small lakes, nestled in the Heather Meadows area under Table Mountain, harbor amazing wildflower displays in Summer. Later, fall colors paint entire mountain slopes and wild blueberries are everywhere for picking.
Marmots and pikas will make their presence be known. So don’t be too startled when they screech as we make our way through their neighborhood. Mountain goats can sometimes be seen at a distance.
After having a picnic lunch, we’ll hop into the Heather Meadows Visitor Center housing plenty of information and a cute little gift shop.
Weather here can change quickly, so it’s a good idea to bring extra layers including rain gear. Hiking boots are always recommended, but tennis shoes will do. To best prepare yourself, check the weather at Heather Meadows.
NOTE: Lingering snow (from heavy snow winters such as in 2017) may prevent accessing certain areas, the visitor center and trails during June and July.
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Staying in Seattle or Vancouver but don’t have a car? Easy. Hop on the Amtrak Cascades train to the Mount Vernon Station pickup, where all our Adventures begin!
The Mount Baker Day Tour is an ideal Adventure for a single traveler, a small group of friends or family, or a private charter.
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