Chain Lakes Trail

Glacier, Washington 98244

Chain Lakes Trail

Chain Lakes Trail Professional Review and Guide

"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."

Chain Lakes Trail Reviews

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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.
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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Trail Information

Nearby City
400 feet
Elevation Gain
Trail Type
Skill Level
Day hike or backpack
Late July-October
5,100 feet
Trailhead Elevation
5,500 feet
Top Elevation
Mount Baker-Snoqualmie National Forest
Local Contacts
Green Trails No. 14 Mount Shuksan; USGS Shuksan Arm
Local Maps

Activity Feed

Jul 2018