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Chain Lakes Loop

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Ranked #12 of 33 Activities in Bellingham
Type: Hiking Trails, Nature & Parks, Outdoor Activities
Activities: Hiking
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Type: Hiking Trails, Nature & Parks, Outdoor Activities
Activities: Hiking
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English first
Senior Contributor
44 reviews 44 reviews
17 attraction reviews
35 helpful votes 35 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 11, 2014

Wow, that really sums up the chain lakes hike. The only challenge is getting to it as the season is short. If possible go on a weekday as this stunning hike is a fan favorite. Don't expect the trail to be yours, just smile and be glad you live in a place where so many people enjoy the outdoors.

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Top Contributor
117 reviews 117 reviews
20 attraction reviews
67 helpful votes 67 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 20, 2014

Wow, a truly gorgeous hike. Yes, there is elevation change (up and down and up and down!) and you do need to be in good physical condition. Hiking poles are very handy for this hike. Bring your camera because you are going to take MANY photos. This hike is well worth your time.

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Top Contributor
73 reviews 73 reviews
56 attraction reviews
78 helpful votes 78 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 16, 2014

Park at the first large parking lot on your right after Picture Lake - not busy at all compared to Artist Point parking. Start at the Bagley Lakes trailhead on the left side of the parking lot. The views are breathtaking all the way through, especially at Bagley Lake, Herman Pass (with views of Mount Shuksan, Mount Baker and the... More 

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Kula, Hawaii
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26 reviews 26 reviews
6 attraction reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 20, 2014

Too much snow to do the hike we wanted even in July, but for a couple from Maui, it is quite a treat to be up there with all that snow, and beautiful blue skies. Head down slope to the reflective and beautiful lower lakes just off the visitors center for a great little hike!

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Newtown, PA
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268 reviews 268 reviews
72 attraction reviews
415 helpful votes 415 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 17, 2013

We loved this hike. The entire 6.5 mile loop has great views every step of the way. Very little of the hike was in the trees. Iceberg and Hayes Lakes were very picturesque and different. Mountains galore in every direction. We started at Artist Point and finished at Heather Meadows. We were fortunate to get a ride back up to... More 

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Bellingham, Washington
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77 reviews 77 reviews
31 attraction reviews
20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2013

This is a very good day hike near the Mt. Baker Ski area. It is open from late July through October and has only moderate elevation gain. Lovely mountain views throughout the trip.

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Skagit valley, Washington
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59 reviews 59 reviews
29 attraction reviews
31 helpful votes 31 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 4, 2012

It's one of the prettiest hikes by Mount Baker and loops are always attractive. We usually try and find a way to get the car moved to the other parking lot after the hike, or switch keys with somebody on the trail. Amazing views of Mt Shuksan and Mt Baker that you will share with other hikers. Don't go looking... More 

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Vancouver, Canada
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32 reviews 32 reviews
11 attraction reviews
39 helpful votes 39 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 24, 2012

The trail can be done as a loop (using the Wild Goose trail to connect from start to finish), generally starting from either Artists point or Austin Pass. I travelled counterclockwise by parking at Artists point and using Wild Goose trail to start at Austin Pass. This is the more difficult of the directions. There is a significant uphill climb... More 

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Bellingham, Washington, United States
14 reviews 14 reviews
10 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 11, 2012

I believe the entire loop is about 6 or7 miles. Parts of the trail are very steep and exposed. parts can be hard to find depending on the season. Take plenty of water if doing in Summer. A marvelous trek over a lot of different kinds of terrain. Exhillerating & exhausting except for the well experienced.

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