Chain Lakes Loop Trail

Glacier, Washington

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Looped day hikes—always a plus because every step is one through new territory—are hard to come by in the Mount Baker–Mount Shuksan area, which is probably why the Chain Lakes Loop is so popular. That and the scenery, which includes a little bit of everything that you could want in a North Cascades hike. There are the titular big mountains, of course, plus wildflower and blueberry meadows, scree (loose rock) slopes, lava cliffs, a high-alpine traverse with expansive unobstructed Cascade views and permanent snowfields, not to mention the peaceful, contemplative kettle lakes for which the trail is named. In the too-short era of the Mount Baker Lodge (1927–1931), pack horses would follow this loop as they took visitors on fishing excursions to the Chain Lakes.
A FalconGuide to Mount Baker - Mount Shuksan Area

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A FalconGuide to Mount Baker - Mount Shuksan Area

by Mike McQuaide (Falcon Guides)

Looped day hikes—always a plus because every step is one through new territory—are hard to come by in the Mount Baker–Mount Shuksan area, which is probably why the Chain Lakes Loop is so popular. That and the scenery, which includes a little bit of everything that you could want in a North Cascades hike.

There are the titular big mountains, of course, plus wildflower and blueberry meadows, scree (loose rock) slopes, lava cliffs, a high-alpine traverse with expansive unobstructed Cascade views and permanent snowfields, not to mention the peaceful, contemplative kettle lakes for which the trail is named. In the too-short era of the Mount Baker Lodge (1927–1931), pack horses would follow this loop as they took visitors on fishing excursions to the Chain Lakes.

©  Mike McQuaide/Falcon Guides. All Rights Reserved.

Activity Type: Hiking
Nearby City: Glacier
Distance: 7
Elevation Gain: 1,850 feet
Trail Type: Loop/Lollipop
Skill Level: Difficult
Duration: 4 hours
Season: Summer-Fall
Local Contacts: Mount Baker National Recreation Area
Local Maps: Green Trails Mount Shuksan 14
Driving Directions: Directions to Chain Lakes Loop Trail

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