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

  • 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
Map
  • Green Trails Mount Baker Wilderness Climbing No. 13SX
Activities

Upcoming Activities

Seattle Explorers & Jr. MAC Backpack - Chain Lakes

Youth Youth activity
Opportunity to hike and and experience spectacular geology.
Difficulty: Moderate
Fri, Jul 8, 2022 - Sun, Jul 10, 2022
Prerequisites
0 participants
Registration closed Jun 24
Seattle Branch

Day Hike - Bagley Lakes Loop

Exploring Nature, Photography & Day Hiking Trip
A casual hike to photograph wildflowers along the Bagley Lakes trail
Difficulty: Moderate
Sat, Jul 30, 2022
No Prerequisites
7 participants
Registration opens Jun 30
Seattle Branch

Day Hike - Chain Lakes Loop

Day Hiking Trip
Gorgeous day hike, primarily intended for family members of scramblers attending the Everett Scramble Reunion
Difficulty: Moderate
Sat, Aug 6, 2022
No Prerequisites
7 participants
Registration closes Aug 4
Seattle Branch

Day Hike - Bagley Lakes Loop

Day Hiking Trip
This hike is part of the Tacoma Hiking and Backpacking weekend at Baker Lodge and
Difficulty: Easy
Fri, Aug 19, 2022
No Prerequisites
9 participants
Registration closes Aug 17
Tacoma Branch

Day Hike - Bagley & Chain Lakes

Day Hiking Trip
This hike is part of the Tacoma Hiking and Backpacking weekend at Baker Lodge and
Difficulty: Moderate
Sat, Aug 20, 2022
No Prerequisites
1 participant 0 leaders
Registration closes Aug 17
Tacoma Branch

Day Hike - Bagley Lakes Loop

Day Hiking Trip
This hike is part of the Tacoma Hiking and Backpacking weekend at Baker Lodge and
Difficulty: Easy
Sun, Aug 21, 2022
No Prerequisites
1 participant
Registration closes Aug 19
Tacoma Branch
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Titles

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  • Bagley Lakes
  • Bagley Lakes Loop
  • Chain Lakes
  • Chain Lakes Loop
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