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Huntoon Point Snowshoe

North Cascades

Location

North Cascades -- Mount Baker Area
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Length

6.0 miles, roundtrip

Elevation

Gain: 1200 ft.
Highest Point: 5200 ft.

Rating

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Parking Pass/Entry Fee

None
 
 

With a starting elevation of 4,300, this tour is your best guarantee of good snow, even in a lean year.

The sojourn to Huntoon Point is a study in contrasts. It starts amid the hustle and bustle of the Mount Baker Ski Area and ends in the silence of Kulshan Ridge, where icy winds blowing off glaciers will cleanse your soul and refresh your spirit.

Park at the enormous lot adjoining the upper lodge of the ski area (4,300 feet) and head up from the southeast corner of the lot. The route is straightforward, but not without some minor huffing and puffing. You’ll be swimming against the current of downhill skiers and snowboarders, but the snow-covered high meadows will compensate for the traffic.

Take the obvious trail that veers off to the right from a downhill run, climb a steep hill and catch your breath at Austin Pass with its spectacular view of Mount Shuksan. Follow the path of the summer road as it traverses beneath a ridge, and then angle up before you come to the last big switchback below Kulshan Ridge (Artist Point). This switchback has seen slides and is the only dicey place on the route, so exercise caution. One more episode of vociferous grunting and you’re on top. Head southeast along the undulating ridge to the high spot at Huntoon Point, where basking in the winter sun can be a religious experience.

From the Point, the North Cascades reveal themselves in a most breathtaking fashion. Mount Shuksan is resplendent and the Border Peaks form a magnificent chorus line against the northern horizon. Mt. Baker, the Great White Watcher, dominates all. Don’t hurry back down; linger awhile, eat your lunch and savor the remarkable view.

 

Huntoon Point Snowshoe

Map & Directions

Trailhead
Co-ordinates: 48.8467, -121.6910 Open map in new window

Trailhead

North Cascades -- Mount Baker Area

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

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Guidebooks & Maps

Green Trails 14: Mount Shuksan

Buy the Green Trails Mt. Shuksan No. 14 map

Getting There

From I-5 at Bellingham, take exit 255 to head east on Mt. Baker Highway 542 for 55 miles to the Artist Point parking lot at Heather Meadows. The trail begins at the southern end of the parking area near the restrooms.

Parking Pass/Entry Fee

None
 

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