Chain Lakes Loop

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    Ok, I really can’t get enough of the Mt. Baker area. Second time back in a couple of weeks. It was another sunny day today.

    There are a few variations of this hike. We started at Artist Point, descended to Heather Meadows via the Wild Goose Trail and looped around Northern Bagley Lake, before starting our ascent up through Herman Saddle. 95 % of the hike was bug free (only some around Chain Lakes). Only very minor snow (almost not even worth mentioning). This hike is amazing as are most Mt. Baker area hikes – the views are non-stop ! This was a sunny Saturday and there were many people on the trail, but not so much that it deterred from our enjoyment. There was only some snow on the shore of Iceberg Lake – some of which apparently recently broke off and made icebergs (info from a camper at the lake). I definitely recommend this hike and I will go back for sure !

    So, for this hike, you drive to Artist Point, which is paved the entire way.
    Yeah ! No pot-holed forestry road !
    The location of Artist Point is HERE

    You will need a Northwest Forest Pass (one per car), which can be purchased in person at the Glacier Public Service Center at 10091 Mt. Baker Highway,Glacier, WA (Link to Map)

    Or you can buy an epass in advance online at the Discover Your Northwest website

    Border crossing tips: Bring passport, Nexus or enhanced ID !!; no fruit, no veges, no meat (this isn’t a complete list !); trailmix is ok. There is an IGA just across the border if you want to get some fruit or a sandwich for your hike.

    A great resource for current conditions for this hike is the WTA website.
    Check it OUT !!!

    The trailhead for the Wild Goose Trail is just behind the washrooms.

    Today’s stats:

    Distance: 10.7 km
    Time: 6 hours
    Low point: 1259 m
    High point: 1654 m
    Elevation gain: 395 m
    Cumulative Elevation gain: 725 m

    The route…

    The photos…

    Shuskan from Herman Saddle
    Shuskan from Herman Saddle
    Switchbacks upto Herman Saddle
    Switchbacks upto Herman Saddle
    Wild Goose Trail to Bagley Lakes
    Wild Goose Trail to Bagley Lakes



    Dead Tree
    Dead Tree
    Hayes Lake
    Hayes Lake
    Mt. Baker and Iceberg Lake
    Mt. Baker and Iceberg Lake
    Mt. Baker
    Mt. Baker
    Northern Bagley Lake through wild flowers
    Northern Bagley Lake through wild flowers



    Reflection in Lake
    Reflection in Lake
    Shuskan
    Shuskan
    Stream between Bagley Lakes
    Stream between Bagley Lakes
    Trail back to Artist Point
    Trail back to Artist Point
    Trail upto Herman Saddle
    Trail upto Herman Saddle
    Winding Road
    Winding Road

    ★★★★★★★★★★★

    Before heading out on your hike, make sure you are well prepared. This means, having the TEN ESSENTIALS. It is also important to leave a trip plan (route details and estimated return time) with someone you trust.

    Bring your smartphone, fully charged and put it in airplane mode while hiking. I always bring back-up battery packs for extra piece of mind. It is highly recommended that you bring a GPS device; I use my smartphone with a GPS app (Backcountry Navigator). The GPS will work in airplane mode. Learn how to use it before your hike.

    For anyone new to hiking, there is a rule to which hikers follow; it is called “Leave No Trace” or LNT. The concept is generally to pack out what you pack in and respect nature, so all future visitors can enjoy what you have enjoyed.
    To learn more about LNT, please check out this BLOG by a certified LNT Trainer.

    ★★★★★★★★★★★

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