Bagley & Chain Lakes

Equally good as a hike in the summer or a snowshoe trip in winter, trips are 4-8 miles round trip or loop and 400-1,700 feet of elevation gain. Enjoy relaxing time by beautiful lakes and views of Mount Baker and Mount Shuksan.

getting there

Travel east on the Mt. Baker Highway (SR 542) to the road's end and the Mount Baker Ski area. Follow the signs to the upper parking lot and the Bagley Lakes Trailhead (4,200 ft).

On the trail

Bagley Lakes Loop

an easy 4-mile round trip hike with 400 feet of elevation gain

Two sparkling alpine lakes, an abundance of wildflowers, an impressive mountainous backdrop and a year-round snowfield make this a hike that will please everybody. What's more, this trail gets a fraction of the foot traffic that the trails at Artist Point get in late summer.

Chain Lakes Loop

A moderate 8-mile hike with 1,600 feet of elevation gain

Starting with Bagley lakes the trail climbs to Herman Saddle then drops to Chain Lakes Basin before climbing to Artist Point, where you pick up the Wild Goose Trail to return to the trailhead.

Snowshoe Route

A 4-mile round trip moderate snowshoe to Bagley Lakes off the Mount Baker Highway with 400 feet of elevation gain. For a more challenging day continue to Hermans saddle and drop down into Iceberg and the other Chain Lakes for 1,700 feet of elevation gain and 8 miles round trip.

INFORMATION for leaders

Scheduling & Permits

  • This route allows multiple bookings. Please check scheduled trips listed below in the "Activities" tab to see if there is another group already booked on the same day. Leaders are expected to contact the leader(s) of existing trips to ensure there are no concerns or conflicts, according to The Mountaineers Outdoor Ethics Policy. Please review our Group Size & Multiple Bookings page for guidance.
  • If you are scheduling this as a non-course related activity, please limit your group size to the default party size. The maximum party size is for use by course field trips only, and includes both students and instructors. Group size maximums do not reflect how course field trips are run (in smaller groups of students and instructors), but allow for course leaders to register the course in our system.
  • If you are scheduling a course field trip, please contact our Member Services Team to confirm the field trip and any permitting regulations.
  • Difficulty: Moderate
  • Length: 8.0 mi
  • Elevation Gain: 1,600 ft
  • 5,200 ft
  • Green Trails Mount Baker Wilderness Climbing No. 13SX
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  • Bagley Lakes
  • Bagley Lakes Loop
  • Chain Lakes
  • Chain Lakes Loop

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