Chain Lakes Loop Information

Chain Lakes Loop

Location: Near the town of Glacier in Washington State, USA.
Rating: Difficult.
Length: 5.6 miles (loop).
Elevation Ggain: 1820 feet.
Weather: Best visited from June to September.
Parking and Access: You will need a Northwest Forest Pass to enter. Dogs are allowed on leash. If going fishing, a Washington State Fishing License is needed.

The rigorous Chain Lakes Loop in Washington State is a riveting adventure through the heart of the Mt. Baker Wilderness. This challenging 5.6 mile trail is a visual journey consisting of alpine lakes, wildflower meadows, and expansive mountain vistas, making it a popular trail for hikers and outdoor enthusiasts alike. Hikers will endure a 1820 feet elevation gain but will be remunerated with the simply stunning views of Mt. Shuksan and Mt. Baker. The chain lakes reflecting the surrounding tranquility is what makes this trail unique. Provided you have a Washington State Fishing License, you can enjoy fishing at these gorgeous lakes. As you descend, you’ll get another new angle of the views you’ve come to love during the hike. 

The considerable snowfall during the winter requires hikers to have poles and winter hiking shoes (with microspikes). The favorable time to go would be anytime starting from June to November. Blueberries waiting to be picked during the summer months are another enticing reason for you to choose the summer.

The closest town to the trail is the town of Glacier. To reach the Chain Lakes Loop from Glacier, Washington, drive east on Mount Baker Highway (SR 542) for about 24 miles until you reach the Artist Point parking area, where the highway ends. The trailhead for the Chain Lakes Loop is located at this parking area. Leashed doggy companions are welcome to tag along. You will need a Northwest Forest Pass to enter. Before embarking on your adventure, check online for trail conditions and weather reports

The Chain Lakes Loop provides a quintessential Pacific Northwest hiking experience. If you want to get a good idea of the flora and fauna of the surrounding area, this trail is an excellent opportunity to do so.  This trail attracts both seasoned hikers and those seeking a rewarding day hike in the Mount Baker area.