Picture Lake is the centerpiece of a strikingly beautiful landscape in the Heather Meadows area. The classic alpine vista of Mt. Shuksan mirrored in Picture Lake is one of the most photographed mountain scenes in North America. A backdrop of mountains, wildflowers and colorful plant foliage make this a beautiful, universally accessible family hike.
You will find interpretive sign panels and a viewing scope installed during the summer months on a paved viewpoint. A platform on the edge of the lake provides a resting spot.
At a Glance
Summer - Fall
Summer - Fall
Hikers only. No camping. No fires, except self-contained, carry-in stoves. No snowmobiles. Dogs must be leashed within the developed recreation area of Heather Meadows. Swimming and boating prohibited. Do not enter areas closed for rehabilitation.
No potable water.
Vault toilet at Austin Pass Picnic Area and Heather Meadows Visitor Center parking lot.
A valid Recreation Pass required at Picture Lake Trailhead and Heather Meadows.
From the Glacier Public Service Center, travel east on Mt. Baker Highway 542 for 21 miles. The parking area is located just past the Firs Lodge along the left side of the road on the north side of Picture Lake.
The 0.5-mile path is a combination of pavement and boardwalk, making this trail universally accessible.
• Green Trails: Mt. Shusksan #14
• USGS: Shuksan Arm
• USFS: Mt. Baker Ranger District and Mt. Baker Wilderness