Artist Point is one of my favourites in the Mt. Baker area, three of us took a drive up and parked at the parking lot used during the skii season, and closest to the trails. The resort owners? or is US Parks taking action to clear snow off the highway access to Artist Point from the parking lot. I'd say you should be able to drive up to the Artist Point by June 30/ July 31 weekend.
Our hike basically included 7 km of paved road walk, and 3 km of microspiked boots on snow. The gate was still blocking this road, as turn around points had not yet been cleared off the main parking on top. Our hike included 300 meters of elevation gain within a period of 4-/12 hours including lunch.
I let the pictures speak for themselves, note the snow clearing machines.... four of them, and they are huge. Snow thickness varied from 2 meters along the road a bit further up, to 6 meters+ near the top parking lot.
View by Picture Lake, including self.
Gated road, where we started paved road hiking..
Road cut in snow, 1/5 of the way up... 3.5 meters+ depth
Washroom Facility near Interpretation Center, where we put on Microspikes.. to shortcut a long paved road switchback.
Halfway up... road cut, snow depth... greater than 6 meters..
Walk along the side of the road..
Along road, Shukshan slope to east.
Snow clearing Equipment..
Parking lot with Baker view, incomplete clearing..
Table Mtn, hikers heading up..
Nearng summit of Artist Point
View West along down spine of Artist Point Ridge..
Mt. Baker from summit of Artist Point
Mt. Baker, zooming view
Zoom View of Coleman Pinnacle..
View north to mountain range of Border Peaks, Goat Mountain etc..
Rock and Srub Trees.
Table Mountain, another view
Checking out the equipment, heading down...
somewher there under all that snow is the washroom facility...
Road switchback heading down, great curves in the snow
Climbers practicing rope belaying off the thickest snow off this switchback
... way back... long switchback below us
Crowds still coming up, about 1 pm in the afternoon.