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Absolutely stunning view. Went in the middle of November. It was chilly and icy. But soo worth it! My favorite so far

Hiked from Heather Meadows - lots of snow but still totally worthwhile and doable (note that there were lots of tracks from groups prior, so we never had difficulty trying to find the trail). Would recommend getting up there if the weather is nice, otherwise look forward to the flowers in 2019.

Very beautiful. LOTS of people.

It’s a kid friendly hiking trail.

That was lovely!

A clear October day and all the fall colors makes this trail one of the most gorgeous hiking experiences. If I were going to try to get a beginner hooked on hiking I'd start them here! The scenery payoff is huge for such a moderate hike. We started from the upper lot, but I'd recommend starting at the lower lot. It has a lake and picnic tables. A perfect spot to finish up!

Beware! There are two parking lots. The upper one, at Artist’s Point, was where we started. 4 hours later, when we got around to the lower one it was pretty demoralizing to find that we still had a ton of steep uphill to climb. Next time we will start in the lower lot and go counterclockwise so we get the uphill part done first.

My 12-year-old rates it as “moderate”. Her idea of “hard” is Mt. Si.

Views were incomparable. Dogs were off leash but friendly. People were also off leash but friendly.

We left the trailhead in the dark and still weren’t the first to arrive at the lookout. The guy there said we could share so it worked out great. Clear weather, didn’t even freeze at night. Watched sunset and sunrise and hiked to tarns and bell pass. Tons of day hikers came and went. The trail is boulders in a couple areas below, easy to cross the almost dry river. The twin Sisters range is amazing from up there. Trail got a bit steep when we were just about to the lookout. I’m 68, you can do it too. Mt Baker is my favorite anyway.

Eh. Can't get near the waterfall but it's fun to see.

Definitely a touristy destination. We parked at the bottom and walked to the top as suggested, very nice.

This trail was simply amazing from beginning til the end. Felt on another planet. Breathtaking view. Not as hard as it seems

hiking
22 days ago

Worth the pain of that last incline coming home just to see these beautiful mountaintops up close and personal.

hiking
22 days ago

Hiked out to the lake early before the crowd came. It's a pleasant one, with gradual incline not being too much of a problem once you clear the initial switchbacks near the trailhead. Descending to the lake is an unreal view and it's simply one of the most serene places I've ever been.

Was SUPER crowded on the way out, so be warned it does get busy. Would definitely take away from the peaceful experience of having the lake mostly to yourself.

Did the trail 10.21.18 and it was perfect weather. Clear skies, not too cold. I started early (8am) from the lower parking lot and went clockwise. Great scenery, lots of friendly people on the trails (and dogs too!) and the elevation gains were never too strenuous at any one point. I look forward to coming back! Really enjoyed this one.

Popular trail for all ages! Bring your camera and expect crowds/tourist.

Gorgeous hike. Majority of the climb is at the beginning like mentioned before. Take your time and go slow as it is mostly loose rock.

Once you’re up top though, wow. Feel free to explore the top to see different angles of the valley below.

I would advise you go early, as the sunrise coming over the mountains makes table top and Baker shine a nice gold colour. The parking lot also gets quite busy if it’s a nice day out.

This hike isn’t very long but very worth it, I would suggest you to Ptarmigan Ridge or another hike with it to extend your day.

Aptly named, this hike really puts you up on a tabletop to take in an incredible 360* view of Mt. Baker and the Cascade Range, Artist’s Point, Ptarmigan Ridge, Heather Meadows, and miles of amazingness.

Take the upward slanting trail at the west corner of the Artist’s Point parking lot (packed to the gills and overflowing a mile down the access road on this sunny Fall day.) It is a brief but rugged hike to get up to the “table”. Most elevation is gained in the first half mile with one particular rock-face span of trail requiring slow and careful attention to footfalls on loose rock. In general, about 70% of the trail is gravel and scree. You’ll be looking at your dusty boots a lot as you negotiate the trail so be sure to stop frequently and look up!

Once on top, the trail wanders and weaves, and at time splits and disappears. It may appear on the AllTrails map that this hike connects with the Chain Lakes trail but it does not. The furthest reach of the Table Mountain trail looks down on the Chain Lakes trail. Stop here to enjoy your snacks while pondering how small those hikers appear below and how immense Mt. Baker is above. You are a magnificent speck of stardust, and being here—eating string cheese and pepperoni sticks—is a mysterious miracle. :-)

hiking
24 days ago

Took on this hike near the end of our stay. I was pretty worn out so I only made it past the 4th switch back. I was so disappointed but better judgement prevailed. Not a terrible hard hike but if heights are a factor this is not for you. On the day we went there must have been 100 + going up and down, so the switch backs were very crowded.

We lucked out with a perfect fall day to enjoy this spectacular hike. It was busy (not surprising as this is probably the last really nice weekend we will have for the year) but people and their dogs were all friendly and well-behaved (unlike at some other popular spots we have been).

Loved the variety of landscapes/scenery the entire way up and the views are hard to beat throughout. We enjoyed a lunch break at the tarns and saw a few people who set up camp alongside the water (noted for next time). As others have mentioned, the last 1/2 to 1 mile is challenging, but making it up to the lookout structure is worth it for truly panoramic views.

We arrived around 11am and found a mostly full parking lot, though still a few spots to park. Total we spent about 4-4.5 hours on the 7.5-8 mile round trip hike with about 20-30 minutes spent taking photos, enjoying lunch and the views, etc.. Definitely a challenging hike but well worth it!

25 days ago

Leg burning 8 mile out and back with Stunning open unobstructed up close views of Mount Baker glaciers. Surprised how Super crowded trail was on a mid October sunny weekend,
Epic glacier views and crowds rival Paradise on Mount Rainier and Bakers Artist Point over popularized PNW destinations.
At least a dozen off leash dogs made wildlife invisible.., when we finally reached the steep top of the ridge two different loose dogs made safety a concern while we were climbing on and off the precariously perched cliff top lookout. Should really make this trail dog free.

@mathew Bostick- how do you know they’re not locals? You’d have to go everyday to that tourist attraction to decide wether or not they’re tourist. Are you from that trail? Born and raised on that trail?

The views were breathtaking and Baker felt like it was right there! Great cell service with Verizon at the top (just not inside the fire-lookout structure). Everyone I spoke with said the last mile was a push. When you see the structure from below, keep going. It’s not as far or as close as you think.

The trail was in great shape except two riverbed crossings.... Just walk straight across. There was a bridge to help you across, it’s gone but very easily crossed at the time of my hike (10/16/18)

The road up to the trailhead was in relatively great shape. There were some potholes but that’s a given on heavily traveled dirt roads. The trailhead is 30 minutes from Concrete.

Tip: There are two drive up, single night campsites next to the trailhead.

walking
29 days ago

such a beautiful trail for relatively moderate amount of work. A must see. take your camera.

hiking
29 days ago

Jaw dropping sceneries starting from the 1st minute you get out from the car. The trail is easy for those who have average fitness level. Would recommend hiking clockwise starting with the Wild Goose Trail @ the Heather Meadows Visitor centre, then joining the trailhead of Chain Lakes Loop at the Artist Point. The trail had icy and muddy sections but nothing too technical. Hiking poles will help.

BEAUTIFUL! This is a must do hike. Fairly gradual so take the whole family with you too! Love love loved it. We didn’t do the entire thing because it was crazy busy but we will be back!

trail running
1 month ago

Super rocky, but super gorgeous. First mile and a half you lose about 1,000 feet then flattish for a short bit then gain about 1,000 to the lake. Incredible view being that close to Shuksan!!

Perfect day today for this gorgeous trail. A little harder than Joffre Lake trail.

Easy trail (for me) with very beautiful views.
Highly recommended. The only downside is the business of this trail.

What I mean by easy for me: I haven’t done any super hard trails in WA or anywhere for that matter. I’ve been hiking occasionally ever since I remember. Did about 3 hikes the past summer (not many :( ). Athletic in general but have worked out only about once per week recently.

hiking
1 month ago

We got to the trailhead around 9:30 today and the parking lots was mostly empty, when we returned around 2:30 it was slammed! We started at the lower parking lot and went counter clockwise (if you’re looking at the bathrooms, to the right). This meant we had a fairly steep incline for the first 1.5 miles (and it felt like it just kept going!), but we were super glad we didn’t start at the upper lot and then have to go up the steep stairs at the end (these would start the hike if you went left from the bathrooms). It was busy in places but largely not too bad at all. There were lots of dogs off leash on the trail which is really dumb. There’s a good bit of narrow spaces and scramble areas and we definitely saw these dogs getting underfoot of others. Fall colors were gorgeous and I’m glad we got this hike in before the season ended! The hike was quite muddy and there were some icy patches but not bad. We did okay without poles, but my knee might be happier if I’d used them. Is it the hardest hike? No. Is it an easy walk through nature? Also no.

Crazy amounts of gorgeous! Started at Artist Point parking lot north end. Went clockwise. Finished at west end of Visitor center parking lot & ended with the mega staircase before crossing street to our parking lot. This is a full-package hike!

Did it yesterday. The view is awesome. I don't think it is a hard trail, comparing with other hard trail. It took me 4.5 hour to finish, including stop for picture shooting time.

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