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Picture Lake

North Cascades

Location

North Cascades -- Mount Baker Area
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Length

0.5 miles, roundtrip

Elevation

Highest Point: 4200 ft.

Rating

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Parking Pass/Entry Fee

Northwest Forest Pass
No camping in this area. Boating and fishing and entering lake prohibited.
 
 

Follow a short, ADA-accessible path around Picture Lake, home to one of the most photographed vistas in America. Featuring a backdrop of craggy Mount Shuksan and a foreground of wilflowers ringing a sparkling lake in summer, Picture Lake is pretty as, well, a picture.

Interpretive signs ring the trail, so hikers can enjoy a little education along with their walk.

 

Picture Lake

Map & Directions

Trailhead
Co-ordinates: 48.8666, -121.6779 Open map in new window

Trailhead

North Cascades -- Mount Baker Area

Picture Lake (#735)

Mt. Baker-Snoqualmie National Forest, Mount Baker Ranger District

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Guidebooks & Maps

USGS Shuksan Arm

USFS Mt. Baker Ranger District and Mt. Baker Wilderness

Buy the Green Trails Mt. Shuksan No. 14 map

Getting There

Drive Highway 542 east, through the town of Glacier and for another 21 miles to a fork in the road. Turn right, and Picture Lake will be on your left. The parking area is just past the Firs Lodge on the left side of the road. A vault toilet is located at the Austin Pass Picnic Area or the Heather Meadows Visitor Center Parking lot.

Parking Pass/Entry Fee

Northwest Forest Pass
No camping in this area. Boating and fishing and entering lake prohibited.
 

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