Chain Lakes Trail #682
ElevationAscent: 1,027' 313 m
Descent: -1,748' -533 m
High: 5,436' 1,657 m
Low: 4,251' 1,296 m
GradeAvg Grade: 10% (6°)
Max Grade: 30% (17°)
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“A spectacular trail that keeps on serving up views!”— Eric Ashley
In addition to views of Mt. Shuksan and Mt. Baker, several mountain lakes provide plenty of sights to enjoy. Camping is also permitted at both Mazama and Hayes lake where out-back toilets are located. When running clockwise there are more descents than climbs, but you'll still put in a good amount of work at times. In the reverse, the climbing is more noticeable but is completed earlier on in the run.
This is a popular trail so expect to pause or step to the side of traffic headed in the opposite direction, especially on weekends.
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Land Manager: USFS - Mt. Baker-Snoqualmie National Forest Office