Chain Lakes Loop Trail

HARD 58 reviews
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Chain Lakes Loop Trail is a 5.7 mile heavily trafficked loop trail located near Maple Falls, Washington that features a lake and is rated as difficult. The trail is primarily used for hiking, nature trips, and birding and is best used from June until November. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

DISTANCE
5.7 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
1850 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Loop

dogs on leash

birding

hiking

nature trips

forest

lake

views

wild flowers

bugs

2 days ago

hiking
2 days ago

Great mid September hike. I did this hike clockwise from Artist Point parking lot. Nice gradual hike and the lakes were amazing. The hardest part was going up the snow goose trail back to the Artist Point parking lot. Can't wait to hike this again.

3 days ago

I started from Artist point on a Friday afternoon. It was a nice day and very crowded; there was even a parking lot attendant directing traffic and a ranger tent set up for questions. Artist Point itself was super scenic. Great place for tourists that want to walk around and see great scenery without having to work hard to see it. The chain lakes loop was easy to follow from Artist Point, but I turned around after reaching the last lake. Spent to much time taking pictures and eating wild huckleberries...

hiking
8 days ago

My daughter and I hike here over the weekend. It happened to be cloudy, windy, and rainy that particular day, so we didn't need to worry about the heat. We are dressed for the weather so it didn't bother us. We started at Artist Point and went clockwise around the loop. The first two miles were pretty easy overall and the trail was well marked. The trail is a little poorly marked as you make your way back up over the pass. We wandered off course a little but we reacquired the trail quickly.

My Garmin fenix 5 clocked the trip from Artist Point to Heather Meadows at 5.8 miles and another mile back to Artist Point along the Wild Goose Trail. (The total round trip was about 6.8 miles and a bit.) The last mile and 800 ft of vert was pretty rough after 5.7 miles of hiking in the rain.

I would def do this hike again on a clear day.

hiking
15 days ago

Definitely a workout! We parked at the Bagley Lakes Trailhead parking lot and walked the trail counterclockwise. Be sure and take more water than you think you'll need.

hiking
16 days ago

Difficult. Bring plenty of water. Scenic.

17 days ago

This is an amazingly beautiful hike! Started at Heather Meadows and went counterclockwise. The climb up to Herman's saddle is the toughest part of the hike (especially on a hot 80+ day like yesterday 9/2/17) All the lake and mountain views that followed made it worth it. The rest of the hike is more moderate. Rocky, narrow trail with steep drop off in places, and very small snow fields to cross.

23 days ago

hiking
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backpacking
25 days ago

Really beautiful hike. Enjoyed the burn as well!

hiking
29 days ago

hiking
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1 month ago

Gorgeous all the way view, relative easy trail for everyone to enjoy. Clock counter wise is recommended for less vertical climbing.

1 month ago

Moderately difficult hike. Snow on the trail even though it was hot. Smoke from BC wildfires made Mt. Baker appear ghostly. Beautiful hike with many wildflowers in bloom.

1 month ago

Spectacular.

hiking
2 months ago

hiking
10 months ago

Beautiful alpine trail. We hiked counter-clockwise from Artist Point so we would climb the switchbacks to the saddle in the morning. Lots of rocks and exposed trail along the way but shade and cooler conditions around the lake. We hiked in August so start early while it's cool, take plenty of water and BUG SPRAY for the lakes area.
Best place for lunch is a rocky outcrop on Hayes Lake on the north side of the trail as it passes between Iceberg and Hayes lake. Shade and a breeze from the lake to keep the bugs down.

hiking
10 months ago

Something for everyone on this hike: lakes; forests; mountains. My favorite hike in Mt Baker Wilderness.

hiking
11 months ago

Fab hike with spectacular views. Started at Bagley Lake to get the major climbing done early.