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Artist Point remains closed to vehicle access

GLACIER, Wash. — The US Forest Service said on June 21st that while the road to Artist Point is in the process of being cleared, there is no estimate on when it will be open.

Officials with Washington State Department of Transportation (WSDOT) said yesterday, June 24th, that crews clearing the road had reached the Artist Point parking lot earlier in the week.

WSDOT officials say reopening will also need to wait on an assessment of a retaining wall where hillside erosion caused a portion of the wall to crumble.

Mount Baker Highway (SR542) is closed at the Bagley Lakes trailhead at mile post 54.7. As a result, Forest Service officials said, Artist Point, Lake Ann Trailhead, Austin Pass Picnic Area and Heather Meadows Visitor Center are not accessible by vehicle. Restrooms and trash cans are available at the Bagley Lakes trailhead.

A Northwest Forest Pass or Interagency National Parks and Federal Recreational Lands Pass is required at all locations in the Heather Meadows Area. Camping is prohibited May 15-November 15.

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