Chain Lakes Trail is a hiking trail in Whatcom County, Washington. It is within Mount Baker Wilderness Area. It is 4.8 miles long and begins at 4,412 feet altitude. Traveling the entire trail is 9.7 miles with a total elevation gain of 3,484 feet. The Artist Point viewpoint and the Heather Meadows Visitor Center ranger station are near the trailhead. There are also restrooms, parking, and a parking. Along the trail there is a viewpoint.
Chain Lakes Trail Professional Reviews and Guides
"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, Best Hikes with Kids: Western Washington & the Cascades (The Mountaineers Books).
"Set against a backdrop of plateau-topped Table Mountain’s rock and ice are a half-dozen alpine lakes, each with its own flavor. Enjoy them on an amazing loop through talus slopes, deep forest, berry meadows, and windswept ridges. Take in breathtaking views of the frosty bookend giants, Baker and Shuksan. The beauty of Chain Lakes is unsurpassed. So too are the crowds that flock to this Heather Meadows highlight during its short hiking season."
--Craig Romano, Day Hiking: North Cascades (The Mountaineers Books).
"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, A FalconGuide to Mount Baker - Mount Shuksan Area (Falcon Guides).
"Hike around the barren, snowy slopes of mesa-like Table Mountain to a chain of a half-dozen of the prettiest alpine lakes in the North Cascades. Traverse shiny talus slopes, ancient forest groves, succulent berry patches, and windswept ridges—all with breathtaking views of frosty bookend giants Mounts Baker and Shuksan. Folks in epic numbers have been descending upon Heather Meadows since the 1920s when the Mount Baker Highway made its way here."
--Craig Romano, 100 Classic Hikes Washington (The Mountaineers Books).
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