Chain Lakes Loop Trail

HARD 82 reviews
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Chain Lakes Loop Trail is a 5.5 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, walking, 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
5.5 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
1,732 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Loop

dogs on leash

birding

hiking

nature trips

walking

forest

lake

views

wild flowers

bugs

snowshoeing
5 months ago

...we were gifted with crystal clear blue skies all day long as we explored the area on our snowshoes, constantly in awe of the landscape , the imposing mass of Mt Baker and not to be out done , the glaciated face of Mt Shuksan...... it is incredibly quick and easy access from the ski hill into the open , back country.... and even tho there was a fair number of people exploring the area there was no escaping the " out there " , wild feel of it..... the only draw back was a rather tedious cross slope trail that proved cumbersome in snowshoes going from Artist Point up to the saddle where the trail branches off for Ptarmigan Ridge, but small potatoes compared to the sights that surrounded us. will definitely be back , ..and i must explore this area in the summer months !

hiking
7 months ago

Went up in mid-October and conditions were excellent. We brought snowshoes but didn’t end up using them. I’m sure now you would need them. Some excellent switchbacks and beautiful (stunning!) views.

hiking
9 months ago

9 months ago

9 months ago

Stunning!

hiking
9 months ago

Great view all the way. It started to snow and the trail was a bit slippery but generally good. The most jammed trail I’ve ever been.

9 months ago

Beautiful views of Mount Baker and Mount Shuksan and great opportunities to swim in any of the lakes. Started at Anderson Pass Parking lot and hiked the Wild Goose to Artist Point and did the trail clockwise, with a nice descent at the end.

hiking
9 months ago

For the full five stars you need to do another hike up at Baker, whether Table Mountain or another in the area. The terrain is incredible and one of the things that makes it so is the experience that one gets being in this are in the winter when there is 10 to 20 feet of snow that covers everything.

hiking
9 months 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.

9 months 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
10 months 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
10 months 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
10 months ago

Difficult. Bring plenty of water. Scenic.

hiking
10 months 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.

10 months ago

backpacking
10 months ago

Really beautiful hike. Enjoyed the burn as well!

10 months ago

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

11 months 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.

11 months ago

Spectacular.

hiking
Sunday, November 06, 2016

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
Saturday, November 05, 2016

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

hiking
Tuesday, October 11, 2016

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

Tuesday, September 27, 2016

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

Sunday, September 25, 2016

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

hiking
Friday, September 16, 2016

Gorgeous hike. Absolutely beautiful!

Monday, September 12, 2016

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
Monday, September 12, 2016

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

hiking
Tuesday, September 06, 2016

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
Thursday, September 01, 2016

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
Sunday, August 28, 2016

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.

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