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“Outstanding Hike at Mt Baker” 5 of 5 stars
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Chain Lakes Loop
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Ranked #19 of 65 things to do in Bellingham
Activities: Hiking
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Newtown, PA
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271 reviews
72 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 430 helpful votes
“Outstanding Hike at Mt Baker”
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 our car when finished the hike. We also hiked the Artist Point trail which was easy but was loaded with more scenery.

Visited August 2013
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Bellingham, Washington
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“Beautiful day hike”
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.

Visited July 2013
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Skagit valley, Washington
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“So pretty, good trail, lots of visitors, part of the loop is by the road”
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 to be alone here. It would be a rare day.

Visited September 2012
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Vancouver, Canada
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“My favourite hike”
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 to Hermans Saddle then you drop down to the chain lakes. The entire trail is heaven. I've done it twice and loved every minute of it. Amazing views with every corner. You won't be disappointed. Please note that this trail requires a moderate fitness level to complete. It's quick rocky, so I recommend hiking boots to save your feet. Bring water. Outhouse bathrooms are at either end of the trail.

Visited September 2012
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Bellingham, Washington, United States
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“A day's hike”
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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