Images from festival 542 organized by Norka Recreation. An annual event that takes place along Highway 542 (The Mt Baker Highway) between the town of Glacier to the Artist Point parking lot near Mt Baker in Northwest Washington. The RIDE 542 course is all on the Mt. Baker Highway, a.k.a 542. Mt. Baker Highway is closed for this event and is one of the most scenic roads in the world. It winds up and along the Nooksack River, through giant old growth cedar groves dripping with vibrant moss and life and passes under calving glaciers. 4,300+ ft. of climbing mark the course, with gradual grades dominating until the last 2.5 mi. the road turns skyward. 23 miles are through undeveloped wilderness area managed by the USDA Forest Service and Washington Department of Transportation. Artist Point is the western most access to the North Cascades National Park and the view is awesome. RIDE 542 is a clean sponsor event and thus will post no sponsor signage beyond the start and finish areas; so it's just you, the open road...and a few other cyclists. In addition to the hill climb new races include a 8.5 mile 3500ft trail run and a bike cross race held at Silver Lake near Maple Falls.