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A spectacular trail that keeps on serving up views!


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5.1

Miles

8.1

KM

Point to Point

5,436' 1,657 m

High

4,251' 1,296 m

Low

1,027' 313 m

Up

1,748' 533 m

Down

10%

Avg Grade (6°)

30%

Max Grade (17°)

Dogs Off-leash

Features Commonly Backpacked · Fishing · Lake · Views · Wildflowers · Wildlife

Seasonally open due to residual snow. The road connecting to the upper trailhead is closed from fall to early summer.

Need to Know

Parking areas requires the use of Recreation Pass which can not be purchased on site. Instead, pickup one up from the self-serve credit card station at the ranger station in the town of Glacier.

Description

The Chain Lakes Trail offers hikers a best-hits sample pack of views as they circle around Table Mountain. Along the way it connects to Ptarmigan Ridge Trail #682.1, Table Mountain Trail #681, and the Bagley Lakes Trail #684.1. The tread alternates between gravel, smooth dirt, chunky or craggy rocks and occasional roots. Only in one place is there anything that resembles a scramble.

In addition to views of Mt. Shuksan and Mt. Baker, several mountain lakes provide plenty of sights to enjoy. Camping is also permitted at both Mazama and Hayes lake where out-back toilets are located. When hiking clockwise there are more descents than climbs, but you'll still put in a good amount of work at times. In the reverse, the climbing is more noticeable but is completed earlier on in the hike.

This is a popular trail so expect to pause or step to the side of traffic headed in the opposite direction, especially on weekends.

Flora & Fauna

Listen for the chirps of Pica in rock slides.

Contacts

Shared By:

Eric Ashley

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  4.6 from 18 votes

#350

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#350

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Photos

Taking a moment to stop and look back at Iceburg Lake.
Sep 1, 2019 near Peacefu…, WA
End of a great trail.
Sep 1, 2019 near Peacefu…, WA
Low water in the late summer makes this an easy crossing.
Sep 1, 2019 near Peacefu…, WA
Looking down at Mazama Lake from the Chain Lakes Trail.
Sep 1, 2019 near Peacefu…, WA
Mazama Lake peaks through the trees.
Sep 1, 2019 near Peacefu…, WA
The route up to the ridge takes a bit of time to ascend.
Sep 1, 2019 near Peacefu…, WA

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Oct 1, 2023
Madeline White
The PNW fall colors are out in full bloom! It was decently warm throughout the day and the trail was in good condition. There are 2 sections that a…
Jul 28, 2023
Clara Lee
Aug 21, 2022
Dong Vo
11h 00m
Aug 12, 2022
Jun Luo
6.8mi — 6h 59m
Aug 29, 2021
Shann Yu
Hike up a pass to a series of alpine lakes. Campsites marked around the lakes off the trail, around the other side of the first lake. — 5h 00m
Oct 24, 2020
Sungyeal Kim
2mi
Sep 24, 2019
Hannah
Even when completely inside a cloud, a beautiful trail 5.1mi
Sep 6, 2019
Esther Phung
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