Chain Lakes – Mount Baker National Forest
Mount Baker is known as the go-to ski destination for Seattle residents during the winter, but the forest in this region is perfect for hiking in the summer and fall too. For example, the Chain Lakes hike at Mount Baker can be between two and eight miles, depending on how long of a hiking day you’re looking for. The route gains about 1,700 feet in elevation and can be completed as an easy loop or a longer backpacking trip. Just be aware that there are several off-shoots of the trail, so bring a map so that you don’t get lost. The snow here often extends throughout the spring and early summer months, so delay your trip until August if you want to avoid the white stuff. Plan to spend about four or five hours on this loop hike.