Mt. Baker is located in the North Cascades, Mt. Baker area in Washington.
After Mt. Rainier, Mt. Baker is the other well-known mountain with snow-covered top that you must hike to if you’re in Washington. It takes about two and a half hour drive from Seattle.
The Chain Lakes Loop starts pretty high in elevation (about 1700 ft gain in elevation), so trails are in best condition and easily accessible in the summer and fall only. We went back early October when fall was at its peak with bursting colors. Yup, we got lucky this time! We did the Chain Lakes Loop starting at the Artist Point parking lot. It got quite cold and windy that day, so we decided to turn back when we got to the biggest lake in the chain. The whole loop is about 8 miles long, totally do-able, so we definitely would come back to finish it next year! Make sure to walk to the Artist Point overlook and stop by the lake right at the entrance of the Mt. Baker sign for some photos (as you’ll see later towards the end of this post). On clear days, the mountain reflection on the lake is incredible.
Enjoy the photos!
that’s me on my phone documenting for Insta-stories, as always!
We usually pick up Banh Mi for lunch since it’s quick and easy. Look at our late-lunch view, not bad, right?! We decided to turn back at the 3rd lake we saw since it got really windy and cold up here.
The 9,131 foot Mount Shuksan dominates the horizon behind me in the following photos taken at the Artist Point viewpoint. You’d also see it peaking out at various point throughout the hike as well.
We stopped by this lake located right in front of the Mt. Baker park entrance. No hiking required. Just park on the side of the street (it’s a one way street, fyi!). The rain stopped when we had just finished the hike, so there was decent reflection going on at the lake. It’s insane!