Chain Lakes Loop Trail is a 6.5 mile heavily trafficked loop trail located near Maple Falls, Washington that features a lake and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking and is best used from June until October. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

Length6.5 miElevation gain1,820 ftRoute typeLoop
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Hike through rock formations and catch views of soaring mountain tops on this trail. There are multiple beautiful blue lakes of all sizes scattered along this trail. Keep in mind that during the winter, the road to Artist Point (where the route on this page starts) may be closed due to snow.

Hikers must have a Northwest Forest Pass to hike in this area. Micro spikes and poles are recommended in the winter and spring. This route can be done in either direction. Some people prefer to start at Artist Point, go clockwise, then climb the stairs at the end. But many people prefer to go counter-clockwise and start by going down the stairs. The route can be accessed from 3 different parking areas.

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Stephanie Dunne
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Sunny Binjola
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beautiful hiking trail

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Tarunay Roy
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Leah Adams
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We hiked the trail counterclockwise leaving from Bagley Lake Trailhead. The trail conditions alternated between dry, wet, muddy, icy, snowy, repeat. The snowiest sections were climbing up from the Mazama camping area and then along Ptarmigan Ridge but they were definitely passable. It was also fairly slushy, icy along Wild Goose trail. Recommend trekking poles and microspikes. Beautiful views all around. The hike definitely highlights Shuksan in all her glory.

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Micke Rae
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Tyler Marie
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Beautiful hike, be prepared to navigate as the trail isn’t very clear in the snow. Several groups turned around yesterday after completing Bagley Lakes side. ~9mi due to road closures.

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PRA IV
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great snowy hike. I started from Heather meadow anti-clockwise(through ap lake, ub lake) everyone else were hiking other way. now I know why. parking lot was full but encountered about 8 people. make sure to keep offline map and enough battery on mobile. I was lost many times. took me about 5 hrs to complete

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Justine Yapyuco
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Rachid Schultz
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Climbed to the saddle before turning back. Created the boot pack on the way up. Was a lovely day out here and only turned back due to one of our party’s hip condition.

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Ahmed Zeghmi
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Very beautiful hike! Had to park and start the hike at the Heather Meadows lot as the road is now closed beyond that point. The trail was covered with about 3 to 4 inches of snow, and more as the elevation gained. Did the hike counter clockwise, started uphill past Bagley lake. The first hour or so was a snow downpour so views were non existent. But once the clouds burnt off the views were magnificent! Gorgeous lakes with stunning mountain peaks in the background, and the last couple miles had constant views in the distance. This hike was moderate difficulty, and probably would be a lot easier without the snow. Looking forward to redoing this on a dry spring or summer day.

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Cristina Vaughan
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HikingGreat!IcyMuddyNo shadeRockySnow

What a trail! Definitely put it on your to do list. Alpine lakes, soaring mountains, 360 views, easy access...you can’t go wrong. Got to the parking lot (lower Bagely lake lot) at 10:00am and only 3 other cars there. The drive up was gorgeous with fall colors, although the tail end. Decided to take the counter clockwise route and was treated to lots of lake views. Trail was pretty muddy so you’ll want sturdy waterproof shoes. The climb is very doable, and I took lots of time for pictures. Mt Shuksan was playing peekaboo with the clouds, I’m sure it is glorious on a clear day. Took lunch at the saddle and admired the opposite mountain peaks. The only part it got hairy was on the way back towards artist point and after, as the clouds were incredibly thick and the snow relatively slippery. Take your time. Got lost around artist point and had some difficulty finding the trail in all the cloud cover, luckily another hiker was kind enough to show me the way. From then out it was an easy trip downhill back to the parking lot. Will be back to do on a clear day!

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Grace Morrison
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We did this trail Saturday morning (10/17/2020) and it was wonderful! We got lucky with clear skies in every direction, with minimal snow on the trail. The fall foliage is stunning and there are tons of small creeks and tiny waterfalls along the trail. Most of the trail is exposed (I would recommend a rain jacket/wind breaker for fall), but this allows for views of Mt. Shuksan & Mt. Baker for the entire hike. It was absolutely gorgeous! Likely my favorite hike in the area

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Jen T
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Linh Tran
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Hiked Thursday 10/15. The road is closed beyond the Bagley lakes trailhead (no access to Heather Meadows visitor center or Artist Point) so we parked there. There were only a few other cars in the large lot when we arrived around 8AM. From there we walked the road to Heather Meadows visitor center and started on the trail going clockwise. Almost the entire trail was covered in snow, but no snow on the road to the Bagley lakes trailhead yet. Poles may have been helpful but spikes weren’t needed. There is likely more snow on the way soon so do this one now if it’s on your list. The AllTrails map, cairns, and most importantly other people’s footprints were critical in navigating the snow covered trail. The hike was gorgeous, easily one of my favorites that I’ve done. Beautiful views of the mountains on this partly sunny day. We ate lunch at Iceberg lake and headed back. The hike is not particularly difficult, going clockwise our knees did feel it on the descent but the climb is not too bad. We are slow hikers who stop for a lot of photos though so we got back to the trailhead around 3PM. Lots more people at that point but still spots left.

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Raymond Underberg
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Leslie Knope
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Did this trail Sunday Oct 11th. Mostly covered in snow and-or water. We got lost at some point because of all the snow and wind covering the trail. Had to turn back around. Luckily we made in back.. in the dark.

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Todd Todd Mason
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Andrew Roubin
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Excellent hike, unfortunately the views of the peaks were obscured by the fog, but fall colors and other scenery was amazing. Hiked the loop clockwise. Temps were in low 40s, it rained hard most of the way. Parking lot mostly empty, very few people on the trail. Need to come back and do this again when visibility is better. Of course there is no mobile service most of the time, but during the second half of the hike you start to roam on a Canadian carrier. Road up to Artist Point is excellent. Dress warm, prepare for lots of rain. Most of the trail is very exposed, I would not want to do this during the hot months.

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Charles Weidert
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HikingGreat!Rocky

One of the rare trails that offers a view of something (Baker, Shuksan, lakes) the entire time. Can't recommend it enough. My only warning is the trail is a little rocky and steep in places, so you do have to watch your step quite a bit.

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Autumn Bennett
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