Exploring Along the Mount Baker Scenic Byway (2): Picture Lake

September 28, 2012

Mount Shuksan mirrored in Picture Lake

This little lake, appropriately called Picture Lake, is right along the Mount Baker Scenic Byway near the Mount Baker Ski Area.  When I arrived here, I knew the trip was worth it without even getting to the end of the road.  Just look at this classic mountain scene!  I learned that this particular image — Mount Shuksan reflected in the still waters of Picture Lake — is one of the most photographed in all of North America.  You may even have seen it on a calendar somewhere.

There is an easy 1/2-mile trail around the lake, and I enjoyed every step.  The air was fresh and crystal clear.  The fall colors — especially the stained-glass window colors of the low huckleberry  (or possibly blueberry) bushes and the brilliant red clusters of berries on the mountain ash — gave this peaceful spot an unmatched resplendence.

Fall colors on the shores of Picture Lake

Jewel-like colors reflected in the lake

Clusters of red berries on mountain ash

Picture Lake with ski lift on distant mountain


Fireweed and tansy (?) along the road

The low huckleberry bushes glowed like stained glass.

Reeds in the lake — water calligraphy

Dead tree in the meadow by Picture Lake

Another view of Mount Shuksan from across Picture Lake

Fall leaves at Picture Lake

10 Responses to “Exploring Along the Mount Baker Scenic Byway (2): Picture Lake”

  1. Renee Says:

    WOW!! Beautiful pictures

  2. Chris Says:

    Could anything be more beautiful than a mountain reflected in a lake?? Gorgeous!!

  3. Margaret Says:

    Wow! That trip was a winner!

  4. garden.poet Says:

    I think my favorites may have been the glowing leaves of the huckleberry, and the reeds in the water. These were all gorgeous! Thank you.

  5. Dianna Marshall Says:

    You have an excellent eye for photography in any setting. I’ve thoroughly enjoyed all your posts. Just curious – which camera do you use?

  6. Lynn Mueller Says:


  7. […] been there just once before in September 2012 (you can see my blog posts about that trip here and here and here and here), and I was now again feeling its call.  So when I read that the final stretch […]

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