North Cascades National Park: Chain Lakes Loop

A great 6.5-mile dayhike on a loop that provides spectacular views of Mts. Baker and Shuksan as it winds through a chain of alpine lakes.
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A great 6.5-mile dayhike on a loop that provides spectacular views of Mts. Baker and Shuksan as it winds through a chain of alpine lakes.

-Mapped by David Tate

Trail Facts

  • Distance: 10.1

Waypoints

stairs

Location: 48.849037, -121.688771

Here begins a long set of wood/cable stairs.

cairns

Location: 48.848493, -121.689978

Large pyramid shaped cairns will mark the way, when snow covers the trail.

Trail

Location: 48.854197, -121.683819

at the end of the parking lot, to the right, just past a small tarn called Terminal Lake, (small pool, really), you will see the trail headed uphill.

stay left

Location: 48.847265, -121.718516

the trail down from Table Mt., if you do the loop clockwise.

Stay right

Location: 48.84324, -121.713817

keep right to follow loop downhill. Staying straight will take you to Ptarmigan ridge

stay left

Location: 48.846883, -121.696608

This side trail will take you uphill, to top of Table Mt., which can be treacherous if snow covered.

trailhead

Location: 48.846474, -121.693475

at the end of the parking lot, to the right, you will see the trailhead head downhill between the trees.

stay right

Location: 48.855454, -121.721842

Follow the spit of land that divides the two lakes

Herman Saddle

Location: 48.858574, -121.709526

A great vantage point, for looking west to Mt. Baker, and SE to Mt. Shuksan

Visitor Center

Location: 48.854776, -121.685579

Austin Pass visitor center

Mt. Shuksan reflections

Location: 48.866013, -121.677189

Mt. Baker

Location: 48.843593, -121.71504

Mt. Baker, and Iceberg Lake

Location: 48.856583, -121.717873

Mt. Baker

Location: 48.858221, -121.709461

Table Mountain

Location: 48.85472, -121.686373

Mt. Shuksan from Artist Point

Location: 48.846813, -121.69178