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Bagley Lakes Snowshoe

North Cascades


North Cascades -- Mount Baker Area
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5.5 miles, roundtrip


Gain: 1152 ft.


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In winter, the Bagley Lakes Loop and Chain Lakes trail creates an intermediate snowshoeing opportunity near the schussing skiers in the Mount Baker Ski Area. 

Beginning right behind the vault toilet in the large Bagley Lakes parking lot, follow the Bagley Lakes trail, which heads right. Soon, you'll come to a sweet little stone bridge, which crosses a stream and leads you down the west side of the first Bagley Lake.

Depending on the amount of snow present, you may be able to follow the summer Bagley Lakes trail, but be aware of avalanche danger, and be sure to have a map with you. In some places, the trail narrows. Be careful here, and consider bringing a trekking pole to help maintain your balance. 

Along the way, you'll enjoy a waterfall, which flows over some cool rock columns. There's no bridge here, so step carefully; you could step through the snow into the stream if you're not careful. Use those hiking sticks to safely find solid ground.


Bagley Lakes Snowshoe

Map & Directions

Co-ordinates: 48.8620, -121.6548 Open map in new window


North Cascades -- Mount Baker Area

Mt. Baker-Snoqualmie National Forest, Mount Baker Ranger District

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Getting There

From Bellingham off I-5 take the Sunset Boulevard Exit which becomes Highway 542. This road takes you all the way to Mount Baker Ski Resort and the large parking lot where you should park in the far southwest corner near Bagley Lakes.

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