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Artist Point - 2021

Daboo

Moderator
Staff member
Member
Any day you can ride, is a good day...and far better than a day spent doing anything else.

So Artist Point was closed earlier this year for road repairs. Bummer. But when I came back from riding in Hell's Canyon and the Ride the Ribbon rally, the DOT website showed it open!!! With the weather changing, I decided to go for it.

So...

This looked promising. That though is the best I could see of Mt. Shuksan for the rest of the day.
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The clouds rolled in. Is it fog when you climb to a high enough altitude that the clouds reach the ground? In any case, the effect is the same. This is the entrance to the Artist Point parking lot.
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Mt. Shuksan is in the background...somewhere.
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And Mt. Baker is there...somewhere. :D
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That's either some hikers, or a Big Foot sighting. When I was out there hiking a bit, the quiet was incredible. The fog hushed everything down to where you could hear nothing. Nothing.
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The way down was a bit tense.
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One of the things that makes this ride so special, is the technical aspect. The corners get tighter and tighter, to the point where the 15 MPH warning signs are a joke. The corners are so tight, it is a challenge to make the turn and not stall the bike. Look at the GPS screen. Somewhere out there is one of those turns...and if you miss it, you drop a long ways down.
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But eventually, I started dropping out of the clouds.
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It was a great day!

Chris
 

Daboo

Moderator
Staff member
Member
Is that what it looked like?!?!?! :D :D :D

Artist Point is probably my favorite ride. The road starts out with gentle sweepers. As you get closer to Heather Meadows (the Mt. Baker Ski Area), the curves get more and more technical. And then when the last couple miles are open to Artist Point itself, it gets really tight and technical.

I see many bike riders and motorcycle riders go to the parking lot, look around and say okay, that's great...and then go back down in 10 minutes. They miss out on so much.

Artist Point has two phenomenal hikes. Instead of climbing a could thousand feet with your legs, you can ride up to the top of a ridge. Take the short 3/4 mile hike to the left and Mt. Shuksan. Take the longer Ptarmigan Ridge trail as far as you'd like to spectacular views of Mt. Baker. Both are right in your face. I'll usually spend a couple hours hiking those two trails and taking in the sights.

Chris
 

Motomaniac

COG Southwest Area Director
Member
Any day you can ride, is a good day...and far better than a day spent doing anything else.

So Artist Point was closed earlier this year for road repairs. Bummer. But when I came back from riding in Hell's Canyon and the Ride the Ribbon rally, the DOT website showed it open!!! With the weather changing, I decided to go for it.

So...

This looked promising. That though is the best I could see of Mt. Shuksan for the rest of the day.
AM-JKLUf_SlGAKBtGeIKlsCzbeWWJKRejXzH6gcm6rghTvACUg2Ar7KfXJGSAOhnBjpIwcGOpc6D-52E32UTOB0h8F3YEo01Dm1wRxt5h8tN2P8Q5uW_sGvz-R_CpWtlZmG1nCo-tikQ2pD-41KEa4T4OXjG9Q=w1670-h939-no


The clouds rolled in. Is it fog when you climb to a high enough altitude that the clouds reach the ground? In any case, the effect is the same. This is the entrance to the Artist Point parking lot.
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Mt. Shuksan is in the background...somewhere.
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And Mt. Baker is there...somewhere. :D
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That's either some hikers, or a Big Foot sighting. When I was out there hiking a bit, the quiet was incredible. The fog hushed everything down to where you could hear nothing. Nothing.
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The way down was a bit tense.
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One of the things that makes this ride so special, is the technical aspect. The corners get tighter and tighter, to the point where the 15 MPH warning signs are a joke. The corners are so tight, it is a challenge to make the turn and not stall the bike. Look at the GPS screen. Somewhere out there is one of those turns...and if you miss it, you drop a long ways down.
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But eventually, I started dropping out of the clouds.
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It was a great day!

Chris
Great pictures and comments Chris! That's a place I need to go check out one day. :cool: (y)
 
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