Chain Lakes Loop Work Party - Backpacker

Chain Lakes Loop Work Party

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Group: Washington Trails Association

When: Sunday, August 20, 8:30 am to 3:30 pm


Chain Lakes Loop

Cost: Free



If you're looking for a work party you can drive to the trailhead on pavement, this is the one for you. Join WTA as we help maintain some of the most heavily used and jaw dropping trails in the Mt. Baker area.

About the Area

This gorgeous loop hike has it all: big views of Mounts Baker and Shuksan, as well as the North Cascades, alpine lakes for swimming, and well-maintained trail winding through meadows and heather. And with wildflowers in spring, blueberry bushes for trail-side snacking in late summer and blazing color in the fall, you can't pick a bad season to visit.

What to Expect

We'll have fun, work hard and make a difference! No experience is necessary.

Project Description

This trail needs a variety of maintenance to keep it in great shape and minimize impacts on the surrounding area. Activities may include pruning back overgrown vegetation, removing fallen trees using crosscut saws and digging new paths for water to flow off the trail. We may also restore the tread. This involves digging the trail surface to the proper width and slope as well as removing organic material, protruding rocks and roots.

Hiking Information

Our hike to the project site is expected to be 2-4 miles roundtrip over moderately steep terrain.


  • 8:30 AM: Be ready to sign in and meet the crew, rain or shine
  • 8:35 AM: Gather for a safety briefing, then hike to the project site
  • Morning: Work at your own pace, and take breaks throughout the day
  • 12:00 PM: Lunch on the trail
  • Afternoon: Consider trying a new task before wrapping up the day's work
  • 3:30 PM: Sign out after enjoying refreshments at the trailhead

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