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Chain Lakes Trail

Parent Category: Hiking
Created: 26 August 2014
Location: Mt. Baker Area
Roundtrip of the trail: 8 miles
Elevation Gain: 1600 ft
Highest Point: 5400 ft
GPS Coordinates: 48°51'49.8"N 121°40'46.8"W
Season: Late July- Mid-October

Photo from North Cascades, Mt. Baker Area, Chain Lakes TrailPictures below will take you on a virtual tour along the hike. enjoy perfect and gourgeous scenery!


The Chain Lakes and Heather Meadows are very popular among hikers, regardless of the fact that these territories are free from snow only three month a year. Mount Baker Highway mage this place even more accessible and popular. Civilian Conservation Corps also made a contribution into the development of the region. They constructed trails, bridges, cabins, etc.

Photo from North Cascades, Mt. Baker Area, Chain Lakes Trail

It is indubitable, Chain Lakes and Heather Meadows are considered the most beautiful and scenic places in the region. Picturesque alpine lakes and meadows full of wildflowers, open ridges and various, but very scenic views of Mount Shuksan and Mount Baker.

The route that you choose may be either long or short. There are numerous choices to shorten the route, but it is recommended staying on the established trails.

The hike starts at the Bagley Lakes Trailhead and takes you to the Bagley Lakes. On your way, you will enjoy gorgeous views of Table Mountain. Take right, climb Herman Saddle and continue hiking to the Chain Lakes.

Photo from North Cascades, Mt. Baker Area, Chain Lakes Trail

The first and the largest lake that tourists encounter is Iceberg Lake. Very often hikers encounter here fields covered with snow that sometimes never melt. It’s great to feel the breath of winter on a sunny summer day. From this lake hikers can take a small path that leads to Hayes and Arbuthnet Lakes, or continue their hike to the small, but very beautiful Mazama Lake. This little lake is nested in wonderful and picturesque meadow full of wildflowers.

And now the climbing begins again. At an elevation of 5200 ft. you will reach a pass between Table Mountain and Ptarmigan Ridge. With every step hikers enjoy the sense of freedom and views of snowfields that cover the mountain.

Photo from North Cascades, Mt. Baker Area, Chain Lakes Trail

Turn left and continue going to the Artist Point parking lot. By the way, this is a great place to start your hike from.

Those who are not tired may extend their hike by taking Picture Lake Trail. It is not very long, only 0.5 miles, but the views are just perfect. The Mountain that is reflected in the waters of the lake! What a perfect picture! Enjoy!


Travel east on Mt. Baker Highway 542 to the road's end and the Mount Baker Ski area. Follow the signs to the upper parking lot and the Bagley Lakes trailhead.

These pictures were taken on July 28, 2014

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Photo: Roman Khomlyak

Photo Editing: Alex Mandryko

Information: Marina Petrova

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