Chain Lakes Loop Trail

HARD 40 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.

DISTANCE
5.7 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
1850 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Loop

birding

hiking

nature trips

forest

lake

views

wild flowers

bugs

hiking
7 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
7 months ago

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

hiking
8 months ago

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

8 months ago

Very hard was a little too hard for me that day only did 2 1/2 and 2 1/2 out but worth it

8 months ago

8 months ago

Beautiful! Fall colors are starting to come out. The trail back to the upper parking lot is a tough end to the hike.

hiking
9 months ago

Gorgeous hike. Absolutely beautiful!

9 months ago

Beautiful views from start to finish. Enough uphill to get a sweat on but a very accessible hike regardless of fitness level. Would definitely do again! We parked at heather meadows, went up the wild goose trail to artist point, and got on the trail from there.

hiking
9 months ago

This is an amazing hike. It's one of the nicest hikes I've ever done.

hiking
9 months ago

Best hike I've done in life yet. Amazing scenery, great amount of challenge and distance, so many features (lakes, mountains, fog, flowers, snow fields, steams and creeks, variation/variety). So fun and didn't even fully see mountain so looking forward to going back again!

hiking
9 months ago

hiking
9 months ago

Completed in under 5 hours going counter clockwise starting from Heather Meadows (Start on the Bagley Lakes Trail). I'm not an experienced hiker by any means, but this was an excellent hike! Not too hard, not too easy and best of all, not too crowded. Great sights to see, though there was a fair amount of hiking in the clouds while we were there. On the date we went (August 27th), the weather was perfect. Temperature was a little on the chilly side which may have resulted in the no bug experience!

Beware of the bathrooms, easily the most putrid smell I've ever witnessed - which may be a result of the seemingly nonexistent ventilation! But you gotta do what you gotta do!

hiking
9 months ago

Outstanding views and lots of water. We started at the Bagley Lakes and went counter clockwise so a lot of vertical climb. If you wear a few of the "buzz off" wristbands around you and on you there won't be mosquito issues. My dog had a blast and very few were on the trail on a weekday. A must-do hike if you love mountain views and photography.

9 months ago

hard fun...beautiful!

9 months ago

OMG. What a gorgeous hike. We took 4 hours. Don't miss it!! It's a 6 star hike. I would rate it as medium, for for a newbie it might be more difficult. Treat yourself. You won't regret it.

hiking
10 months ago

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hiking
10 months ago

Very hard, if starting at heather meadows and going counterclockwise. I felt like a mountain goat! Once you come up over the ridge it's breathtaking!