Mt. Baker & Picture Lake Family-Friendly Trip

DESTINATION: PICTURE LAKE, Mt. Baker National Forest

Are you looking for a fun and engaging adventure while remaining close to home? For a cost-effective and amazing time in the picturesque Mt. Baker Wilderness, look no further than Picture Lake. This 0.5 mile, family-friendly trail is home to one of the most photographed mountains in North America.



From North/BC (73 Miles)

From BC, proceed south on Vancouver-Blaine Highway 99 until you arrive at Peace Arch Boarder Crossing. Once you've crossed the boarder, proceed south on Interstate 5. Take exit 262 and take a left on W. Axton Road and cross over the freeway. Then take a right on Highway 99. You will then take a right turn onto W. Smith Road, which will turn into E. Smith Road and then converge with US Hwy 542. Proceed on Hwy 542 for approximately 31 Miles. The destination will be on your left. 

From South/Seattle (134 Miles)

Take Interstate 5 North for approximately 87 miles from Seattle. Take exit 255 for Highway 542. Proceed on this road for approximately 35 Miles. The destination will be on your left.  


The Mt. Baker Bed & Breakfast cabins. It should be noted that breakfast is no longer served there. However, you will be provided with a fridge and microwave in your room. If you are interested in booking a stay, you can follow this link.

For a more luxurious stay, book a couple nights at a private cabin. But don't worry too much about high costs; summer rates are less expensive. This cabin can sleep six, has a hot tub, and even has a gas grill.

For further options and a full list of possible places to stay ranging from few to full amenities, follow this link.


On your way up to Picture Lake, enjoy a delicious meal at Caffe Rifugio or Graham's Cafe. Or bring some snacks from home to munch on during your car ride. Once you've been fed, spend an afternoon walking around beautiful Picture Lake with your family and friends.

When you start getting hungry for dinner, head back down Hwy 542 to a world-class Italian restaurant called Milano's.

If you sleep in late, or don't feel like cooking breakfast, stop in at Wake-N Bakery for an amazing breakfast.


Drive around the lake or park your car for a short walk around Picture Lake Path. The 1/2 mile path is concrete and boardwalk, making it accessible to most. There are places to rest along the way. Click here for more details about Picture Lake Path and surrounding areas.

After walking around Picture Lake Path, we recommend that you drive up Hwy 542 a bit further to see the beautiful Artist Point. There is a parking lot at the top with a vault toilet and paved trail to a beautiful view. 

Near Artist Point