Road to Artist Point now closed to motor vehicle traffic

(MOUNT BAKER)– Sightseers who want to take in fall views from Artist Point this year, will need to go on foot. The scenic road to Artist Point on State Route 542 has closed to vehicle traffic for the rest of the year.

October snow and ice concerns in the North Cascades forced Washington State Department of Transportation maintenance crews to close the gate at the Bagley Lakes Trailhead. The annual closure of the final 2.7 miles of highway is for the safety of travelers and crews.

Mt. Baker-Snoqualmie National Forest says nearly 12,000 people stopped by their Heather Meadows visitor center in 2017. That does not include travelers who went directly to Artist Point or visited during off-peak hours.

The area remains accessible to hikers, bikers, skiers and snowboarders but vehicle traffic will not be able to travel beyond the gate at milepost 54.55. Adventurers who use the highway past the closed gate, do so at their own risk.