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Drive and Hike Mt. Baker Scenic Byway

From Bellingham to the majestic peak of Mt. Baker, the Mt. Baker Scenic Byway SR 542 offers visitors a step back in time. Mt. Baker Highway winds through farmlands, rolling wooded hills, and small communities including Nugents Corner, Deming, Kendall, Maple Falls and Glacier. This byway provides access to stunning hiking, photo opportunities, and snow sports in the winter.

Take a Drive Down the Mount Baker Scenic Highway

Mount Baker Highway is State route 542, stretching from Bellingham toward snow-capped Mt. Baker. The highway was built gradually in the late 1800s as an access road for the lucrative logging industry and its rich history is well documented. At Glacier, the road passes into the Mount Baker-Snoqualmie National Forest and is a designated National Forest Scenic Byway.

Towering evergreens and leaf maples line the route, with skirts of the Nooksack River peeking out at several points. In the summer months, the highway ends at milepost 58 in a parking lot, which gives visitors access to Artist Point and its spectacular views of Mt. Baker’s 10,781-foot peak. In the winter months, the road ends at milepost 55, which is the Mount Baker Ski Area – holder of the world record for snowfall in a single season and birthplace of snowboarding. 

Stop at the Information Center for the Mt. Baker National Forest

The Mount Baker Visitor Center in Maple Falls on the Mt. Baker Scenic Byway, State Route 542 is a great spot to help you find fun and interesting things to do while you are here including maps of the National Forest. 

Mount Shuksan / Picture Lake

See two for one when you visit the most photographed landscape in the United States. Capture stunning views of Picture Lake with Mount Shuksan in the background, just off the Mount Baker Highway.

Bagley Lakes Trail

Continue driving 0.5 miles beyond Picture Lake on Mount Baker Highway to reach Heather Meadows and the trailhead for Bagley Lakes. Situated in a cirque beneath towering Table Mountain, these sparkling alpine lakes can be explored via an easy 2-mile loop trail. It's perfect for inexperience and experience hikes! 

Or you can simply take the views in from the Heather Meadows Visitor Center. Whichever you choose, you’ll be treated to seasonal fall colors galore. This area may be inaccessible due to snow after October — check the latest conditions before setting out.

Wander to Artist Point

When the snow melts out for summer and you have to put your snowshoes away, Mount Baker becomes a hiking and backpacking paradise.

North Fork Brewery

Everyone will enjoy the rustic, funky vibe at the North Fork Brewery. The brewery/pizzeria/beer shrine has been an institution in Deming along Mt. Baker Highway for more than 20 years. It’s the perfect place to stop after a day in the snow at the Mount Baker Ski Area or hiking one of the many nearby trails in the warmer months. Each weekend features a different pizza special, and gluten-free crust as vegan cheese are options.

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