PSMINI Presents: The Sound to Summit Rally
Drive along Puget Sound with stops at La Conner, Glacier, and Mt. Baker/Artist Point Of course we’ll be taking a few back roads & twisties along the way...this is a MINI event after all!
We are lucky to live in the Pacific Northwest where we have access to an amazing topography of waterfront views, small towns, agricultural areas, forests, and mountain areas all within a few hours of each other. Many of these areas are accessible by scenic byways making for an experience unique to the Northwest. On this drive we’ll take full advantage of such luxuries while avoiding the major freeways and highways wherever possible. Here is a summary of this full day drive:
- From our starting point, we’ll head north along Tulalip Bay, Port Susan, and Skagit Bay.
- We’ll make our first pit stop in historic La Conner where you can explore the many shops of this village located right on the banks of the Swinomish Channel. Don't forget to get a snack! Our next destination is a late lunch.
- After our pit stop, we’ll motor north along Padilla & Samish Bay before heading east on our way towards the Mt Baker-Snoqualmie forest.
- Along our easterly route we’ll enjoy the backroads & the sights along Lake Whatcom before stopping for lunch at Chair 9 Woodstone Pizza & Bar in the small town of Glacier.
- All of this is merely a prelude to our featured destination for the day, Artist Point. This unique mountain area at the end of Hwy 542 is only open during the summer months and boasts one of a kind views of Mts. Shuksan & Baker. Not to mention the mountain twisties along the way. We’ll climb approximately 5,000 feet above sea level so it’s highly recommended you bring a coat or jacket.
- After Artist Point you are on your own. Hiking is an option of course. A few of us may be making our way to Boundary Bay in Bellingham for dinner. Boundary Bay can be very crowded and has limited parking. Please check Facebook and chat with others at Artist Point if you want to continue your MINI adventure on your own but the organized drive is officially over at Artist Point this year.
When: Saturday, September 22nd, Meet @ 08:15AM, Driver's Meeting @ 08:30AM
Start: McDonald's parking lot. 10510 Quil Ceda Blvd, Marysville, WA 98271
Just north of the Tulalip Resort & Casino, which essentially shares a parking lot.
End: Artist Point end of Mount Baker Highway State Route 542
Cost: The drive costs you nothing to participate but do note these costs:
You must obtain a US Forest Service Recreation Pass as our Artist Point stop requires the pass to be displayed in order to park. You can now print your day pass online: National Forest Recreation ePass (Day Pass). The day pass is $5.Additionally, it is $3 (Visa & MasterCard Only) to park at our La Conner stop if you park with the group at the Marina.
Parking on the street in La Conner is limited but free. We will regroup and leave from the Marina so $3 is easy and free is a little less easy.
What to Bring:
- Full tank of gas
- FRS Radio, channel 7 sub-channel 21 (arrive early and we can help you get it set-up)
- Umbrella and/or sunscreen (check the weather)
- Camera, you'll want to capture the views on this one.
- Water, stay hydrated and remember Artist Point is 5000+ feet above sea- level.
- Snacks and water.
- A sturdy pair of shoes if you feel like venturing out into the snow; no snow this year :.( .
- A coat or jacket, did we mention Artist Point is at 5000+ feet?
- RSVP is very helpful as we are organizing lunch and a proper set of seats helps with that.
National Forest Recreation Day Use Passes are required to be displayed when parked at Artist Point. You'll need to obtain a pass before arriving at Artist Point to avoid being ticketed.
National Forest Recreation ePass (Day Pass) can be purchased by clicking here.
* Please note that this day use pass is furnished by the US Forestry Service. This is different than the popular Discover Pass which is valid for use ONLY at Washington State Parks.
Host Hotel: We have not organized a host hotel this year. We will be leaving from the McDonald's adjacent to the Tulip Casino parking lot. The Casino is the closest hotel. There are many others in the area. If you’d like to get as much sleep as possible we recommend spending the night near the Tulalip.