Picture Lake Mt. Baker

Picture Lake: The Most Photographed Lake in the World

Picture Lake, located in the Mt. Baker-Snoqualmie National Forest, is a breathtakingly beautiful lake that has been capturing the hearts and imaginations of photographers, nature lovers, and outdoor enthusiasts for generations. With its stunning mountain views, crystal-clear waters, and lush green forests, it is easy to see why this lake is considered one of the most photographed in the world.

At the foot of the iconic Mt. Shuksan, Picture Lake is a true gem of the Pacific Northwest. The lake is surrounded by dense forests of evergreens, which provide a stunning backdrop to the glistening waters. The lake is fed by snowmelt from the nearby mountains, which ensures that it remains clear and pristine year-round.

One of the most striking things about Picture Lake is its reflection of Mt. Shuksan, which is mirrored in the still waters. This creates a breathtaking panoramic view that is truly awe-inspiring. It is this combination of natural beauty and photographic opportunity that has made Picture Lake one of the most sought-after locations for outdoor photographers.

There are several trails that lead to Picture Lake, and each offers a unique experience. Whether you’re a seasoned hiker or a first-time visitor, you’re sure to find a trail that suits your needs and abilities. Whether you’re looking for a leisurely walk or a challenging hike, you’ll find it in the Mt. Baker-Snoqualmie National Forest.

For those who are interested in making a day trip out of visiting Picture Lake, our property is the perfect starting point. Located just a short drive from the lake, Lynden is a charming and welcoming town that offers a range of amenities, including restaurants, shops, and accommodations.

The drive from our property to Picture Lake takes approximately 1 hour and 15 minutes. The scenic drive takes you through the beautiful Mt. Baker Highway and past the stunning Nooksack Falls, making it an experience in and of itself.

In conclusion, Picture Lake is truly a gem of the Pacific Northwest. With its breathtaking beauty, incredible views, and easy accessibility, it is no wonder that it is considered one of the most photographed lakes in the world. Whether you’re a seasoned outdoor enthusiast or a first-time visitor, a trip to Picture Lake is an experience that you won’t soon forget. So pack a picnic, grab your camera, and head out to the Mt. Baker-Snoqualmie National Forest to experience the beauty of Picture Lake for yourself!


For more information on Lynden, check out our Local Guide, and be sure to enjoy your day before you head back to your cozy getaway at the Oostema Farmstead.  We will keep the lights on for you.

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