Bagley Lakes Trail

Glacier, Washington 98244

Bagley Lakes Trail

Bagley Lakes Trail Professional Guide

Detailed Trail Description from our Guidebook

"Here are two lakes to throw rocks into, ice-cold water to put toes into, and a year-round snow slope to play on. In early summer Bagley Lakes have the added attraction of skiers careening down snow slopes and hoping to stop at the water’s edge.

The two alpine lakes lie in the Heather Meadows Recreation Area. One is a man-made reservoir, the second is a deep cirque at the foot of Table Mountain. When the trail has been maintained and the snow is gone, it is easy walking for children, with a dam to walk across."

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Detailed Trail Descriptions from Our Guidebooks

Snowshoe Routes: Washington (The Mountaineers Books)
Dan A. Nelson
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"Bagley Lakes draws far fewer recreationists than nearby Artist Point, which is a great reason to visit here. The snowshoeing is equally easy, the winter scenery is stunning—although the views aren’t quite as grand—and the route is far less crowded." Read more
A FalconGuide to Mount Baker - Mount Shuksan Area (Falcon Guides)
Mike McQuaide
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"Many moons ago the narrow Bagley Creek gorge was the site of a hydroelectric power plant for the long-gone posh resort that was the Mount Baker Lodge. (It burned down in 1931.) With flat-topped Table Mountain looming straight ahead to the south, follow this gentle path as it wends its way alongside lake and creek between Mount Herman on your right and the ski area’s Panorama Dome on your left. Lower Bagley Lake comes first, then the creek, rushing and gushing its way through a boulder-choked gorge. Ooh and ahh at wildflowers and munch on handfuls of blueberries galore (in late summer and early fall) and then, watch your step. You’re in a gorge with lots of snowmelt just above lots of water all around, which means lots of mud. Take note of the columnar andesite on your left. How will you know it? The word columnar is the key. About 300,000 years ago, this basin was awash in lava. When it cooled, it did so quickly and formed into very distinct six-sided columns of grayish rock that fit together like pieces in a puzzle. These columnar joints can be seen at places throughout Heather Meadows." Read more
Best Wildflower Hikes Western Washington (Falcon Guides)
Peter Stekel
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"Don’t be surprised if you see a lot of people on this trail during peak blooming time. After all, there are plenty of others beside wildflower hunters who appreciate the loop’s subalpine meadows, lakes, and proximity to the Heather Meadows complex of trails. On the other hand, what with all the flowers to see and views to enjoy, it’s entirely reasonable to assume there will be crowds—but mainly on weekends and never when it’s raining!" Read more

Bagley Lakes Trail Reviews

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This trail was incredible. It was nice and gentle, but gave us views you'd usually have to sweat to get to. The trail wasn't very crowded, and the route was very interesting, following the little lakelet around to its narrow mouth where rocks gather together to coax a mini waterfall out of the flat, shallow pool. The mountains to be seen at this point were naked-looking, raw gray. They almost looked half-formed compared to Mt. Baker or Shuksan. At the time that we went, the variety of plant life was enough to make me wish I'd brought a book on the plants of Wa state so I could identify them all. Every texture you could imagine. The water was so tempting along the way, shallow, splashing along the trail beside us. It was hard to keep off the grass between, as the signs instructed. At the time that we went, the road up the mountain was under construction, which would be the only sour note to an otherwise perfect trip. There were deep rumble-strip sections torn into the pavement probably every 200 feet, which got tedious over a 10+ mile stretch of road. Still, the views were breath-taking and if you have to slow down because of road conditions, what better to look at then Mt. Baker and companions?

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Trail Information

Nearby City
250 feet
Elevation Gain
Trail Type
Skill Level
Day hike
Late July through September
4,300 feet
Trailhead Elevation
4,550 feet
Top Elevation
Mt. Baker - Snoqualmie National Forest
Local Contacts
Green Trails No. 14 Mt. Shuksan; USGS Shuksan Arm; USFS Mt. Baker-Snoqualmie
Local Maps

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Dec 2018