After Mt. Rainier, Mt. Baker is the other well-known mountain with a snow-covered top that you must hike to if you’re in Washington. It takes about two and a half-hour drive from Seattle.
Location: North Cascades, Mt. Baker area
Length: 6.5 mi., roundtrip
Elevation Gain: 1820 ft. Highest Point: 5400 ft.
The Chain Lakes Loop starts pretty high in elevation, so trails are in the best condition and easily accessible in the summer and fall only.
We went back in early October in 2018 when fall was at its peak with bursting colors. We started at the Artist Point parking lot and turned back after seeing the third big lake.
Enjoy the photos and be sure to add Chain Lakes Loop to your next fall hiking list! Don’t forget to stop by Picture Lake before or after your hike if you’re in this area. Be safe and have fun!