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Great day hike in summer with stunning views

Almost at the top of Mt Baker is where you can start this trail. Wear good shoes no matter the weather. Even in summer there can be patches of snow. Bring a camera and bottles of... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed December 22, 2015
Surrey, Canada
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Surrey, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 22, 2015

Almost at the top of Mt Baker is where you can start this trail. Wear good shoes no matter the weather. Even in summer there can be patches of snow. Bring a camera and bottles of water. Most people (me included) walk a shorter ways to get the views and then turn around.

1 Thank KathleenJ88
Bellingham, Washington
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 12, 2015

wonderful scenery, a favorite of mine I have hiked and skied this area dozens of times. I have camped here, the water is refreshing

Thank n9328x
Bellingham, Washington
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 4, 2015

The classic first backpack for northwest families, three women friends found solitude on a Sunday evening. Lovely lakes and loads of blueberries!

Thank kynr
British Columbia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 11, 2015

Our group of 7 did this hike on the first August Monday. If you are contemplating about doing thing hike, perhaps a little background on our physical abilities will give you a better idea. Of the seven hikers, 6 of us belong to the same fitness club and or are runners with the 7th member involved in aquasize classes. The... More 

4 Thank Traveller55555_8
Bellingham, Washington, United States
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 14, 2015

Be in good shape, and prepared for spectacular views! This is a hike, not a climb, but the trail requires heavy hiking boots, not sport shoes, because there is a lot of rough rock. If you experience vertigo, this may not be for you. The trail crosses a very steep talus slope, vast in scope. It drops below the trail... More 

3 Thank Shaw G
Bellingham, Washington
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 13, 2015

A 4 to five hour loop with fascinating alpine views of snow covered mountains and pristine lakes. The entire loop does require some steep up hill hiking, however it is worth the efforts. Having hiked in many places around the world, this is definitively one of my favorite ones. You will not regret it. If you are not into too... More 

3 Thank J5029JApeterb
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 7, 2015

Met up with several other Canadians for a day trip on motorcycles. had planned to ride the loop and end up in Blaine for 4th july celebrations. the day was perfect as was the ride and visit at the lakes .. highly recommended but bring camera ready

Thank silverarrow007
Lynden, Washington
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 25, 2015

There are multiple ways to get there, but we parked at Artist Point. Others prefer to part at the Picture Lake lot. The time of year you choose to hike here is very important, because you want the snow to be gone! That said, you will find the views to be stunning with the various lakes, peaks, valleys, wildlife, etc.... More 

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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.

2 Thank TeamTK12
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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.

2 Thank Gohikingnow

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