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Chain Lakes and Bulls Tooth Loop Trail

HARD 3 reviews

Chain Lakes and Bulls Tooth Loop Trail is a 31.6 mile lightly trafficked loop trail located near Leavenworth, Washington that features a lake and is only recommended for very experienced adventurers. The trail is primarily used for hiking, camping, nature trips, and backpacking and is best used from July until September.

Distance: 31.6 miles Elevation Gain: 7,870 feet Route Type: Loop




nature trips




wild flowers




over grown


washed out

off trail

no dogs

3 months ago

Decided to do a day trip to explore the Chain Lakes (and Doelle Lakes). Unlike the map shown, I just do a out and back, only going as far the ridge between the Chain and Doelle Lakes. It ended up being pretty long for a day hike (21.5 miles roundtrip with 5800ft of total elevation gain for the day), but was very worth it. The lakes and the mountains around them are beautiful. Would be somewhere I would want to go back and camp. Overall it seems to be a bit of a hidden gem. Even on a Saturday in August there were only two groups camped at the lakes. The trail starts at the parking lot of Stevens Pass ski area at 4000ft. It goes up the ski hill and peaks at 5000ft. It then goes down the rear ski hill, across the valley to Josephine lake where you split off from the PCT at mile 4.7. It then continues along Icicle Creek for a few miles to a low of 3700ft. Then there is a continuous up section which peaks at the ridge between the Chain Lakes and Doelle Lakes around 6100ft after 10.5 miles. Most of the trail is forested with limited views. It's only around the lakes in the last mile or so that the views start to get good and then quickly get amazing. Overall the trail is very good, with relatively few rocky rooty sections. There were a few flies but no mosquitos or biters.

Fri Aug 21 2009