Chain Lakes Trail

Glacier, Washington

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This group of four alpine lakes has enough scenic campsites with views to accommodate many families. If you wish, you can move camp from lake to lake along the chain and enjoy different views and different settings each day. Expect blueberries in August and September and fish in Hayes and Arbuthnot lakes anytime.
Best Hikes with Kids: Western Washington & the Cascades

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Best Hikes with Kids: Western Washington & the Cascades

by Joan Burton (The Mountaineers Books)

This group of four alpine lakes has enough scenic campsites with views to accommodate many families. If you wish, you can move camp from lake to lake along the chain and enjoy different views and different settings each day. Expect blueberries in August and September and fish in Hayes and Arbuthnot lakes anytime.

©  Joan Burton/The Mountaineers Books. All Rights Reserved.

Activity Type: Backpacking, Hiking
Nearby City: Glacier
Distance: 3.5
Elevation Gain: 400 feet
Trail Type: Out-and-back
Skill Level: Moderate
Duration: Day hike or backpack
Season: Late July-October
Trailhead Elevation: 5,100 feet
Top Elevation: 5,500 feet
Local Contacts: Mount Baker-Snoqualmie National Forest
Local Maps: Green Trails No. 14 Mount Shuksan; USGS Shuksan Arm
Driving Directions: Directions to Chain Lakes Trail

Recent Trail Reviews

7/25/2009
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This is a wonderful trail. I recommend starting from the ranger station and heading down toward the Bagley Lakes Trail before heading up the Chain Lakes Trail. If you park your car at the top, (Artist Point) you have to hike all the way back up there at the end and the views unfold so wonderfully coming from Bagley Lakes. Lots of people on the weekend, but go anyway. This is a real "Top of the World" hike.


8/14/2006
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Entered from Artist Point and camped at Arbuthnet Lake on 8/11. The trail was in good shape with few snow patches. We did a day hike up Ptarmigan Ridge with the trail easy to find. We exited on 8/13 via Bagley Lakes with snow only at the saddle. We saw no rangers but did see camping at non designated camp sites around the lakes and excessive head counts at designated sites. Beautiful country. Hope it stays that way.



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