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Chain Lakes Trail #682

Intermediate/Difficult

Trail

5.1 mile 8.1 kilometer point to point
76% Runnable
Intermediate/Difficult

Elevation

Ascent: 1,027' 313 m
Descent: -1,748' -533 m
High: 5,436' 1,657 m
Low: 4,251' 1,296 m

Grade

Avg Grade: 10% (6°)
Max Grade: 30% (17°)

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Trail shared by Eric Ashley

A spectacular trail that keeps on serving up views!

Eric Ashley

Features Fishing · Lake · Views · Wildflowers · Wildlife

Seasonally open due to residual snow. The road connecting to the upper trailhead is closed from fall to early summer.

Need to Know

Parking areas requires the use of Recreation Pass which can not be purchased on site. Instead, pickup one up from the self-serve credit card station at the ranger station in the town of Glacier.

Description

The Chain Lakes Trail offers runners a best-hits sample pack of views as they circle around Table Mountain. Along the way it connects to Ptarmigan Ridge Trail #682.1, Table Mountain Trail #681, and the Bagley Lakes Trail #684.1. The tread alternates between gravel, smooth dirt, chunky or craggy rocks and occasional roots. Only in one place is there anything that resembles a scramble.

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.

Flora & Fauna

Listen for the chirps of Pica in rock slides.

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Do you see these flowers?
Sep 1, 2019 near Peacefu…, WA
Looking down at Mazama Lake from the Chain Lakes Trail.
Sep 1, 2019 near Peacefu…, WA
Mt. Shukshan makes quite a backdrop to the trail.
Sep 1, 2019 near Peacefu…, WA
Iceberg Lake, like all the lakes along the trail, is worth stopping to admire.
Sep 1, 2019 near Peacefu…, WA
Descending with Mt. Shukshan in the background.
Sep 1, 2019 near Peacefu…, WA
The route up to the ridge takes a bit of time to ascend.
Sep 1, 2019 near Peacefu…, WA

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